Who ever said the smartphone has its limits? The smartphone is a few hundred years worth of innovation packed into a single hand-held rectangular gadget.
There are countless cool ways to extend the abilities of your smartphone by plugging in or linking up additional hardware. But here’s a Kickstarter project that wants to use your smartphone to extend the powers of something else: a basic microscope — allowing for real-time videos of microbes doing weird stuff to be captured on your phone and easily shared to your social networks (if you’re that kind of person). That’s really going to spice up the Facebook news feed.
The MicrobeScope, which has already more than tripled its $10,000 Kickstarter fundraising goal and still has 25 days left of its campaign to run, uses the owner’s iPhone (or other smartphone) to stream and capture video footage of whatever’s being viewed on the microscope — holding the handset in place via a dedicated phone mount attachment.
The microscope itself is a fixed focus instrument with 800x magnification which supports sub 1 micron features of individual bacteria or other lifeforms. (Newer iPhones’…
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