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Researchers have developed a 3D printed 'clip'
This makes it possible for anyone-from scientists to scientifically curious people-to turn their smartphones into full-featured microscopy.
From smartphones to microscopy: the new technology is being freely shared and used by researchers and the wider public.
The smart phone microscope is powerful and can visualize small to 200 samples, including microscope organisms, animal and plant cells, blood cells, nuclei, etc.
Researchers are offering the technology free of charge to publicly share 3D printed files so that anyone who can use a 3D printer can turn their smartphone into a microscope.
Development of nano-biological photon excellence center node at RMIT University (CNBP),the clip-
On technology does not rely On external power or light sources but provides high
The powerful mobile handheld package provides powerful micro-performance.
Dr Anthony Oz, chief developer and CNBP researcher at RMIT, believes that the technology has great potential as a scientific tool and is ideal for use in remote areas and in the wild
Work without being able to use or impractical.
'We designed a simple cell phone microscope that leverages the integrated lighting provided by almost all smartphone cameras,' Orth said . '. The clip-
On designed the interior lighting tunnel to guide the light from the camera flash to illuminate the sample from the back.
This overcomes the problems observed by other microscopy.
Mobile phone devices were enabled, he said.
'Almost all other calls
'Microscope-based microscopy uses externally powered light sources, while the phone itself has a very good flash,' Orth explains . '.
'External LEDs and power supplies can make these other systems extremely complex, bulky and difficult to assemble.
'The beauty of our design is that after a simple assembly step, the microscope is available and no additional lighting optical elements are required, greatly reducing the cost and complexity of assembly. 鈥淭he clip-
On is also able to do 3D printing, giving access to the device to anyone with basic 3D printing capabilities.
Another advantage noted by Orth is that the clip
On makes both bright-field and dark-
Field microscope technology that needs to be carried out. Bright-
The field microscope is where the sample is observed in a bright background.
On the contrary, darkness
Field shows samples illuminated in a dark background.
The field function allows us to observe samples that are almost invisible under traditional brightness
'On-site operations, such as cells in the media,' he said . '.
'It is very beneficial to have both functions in such a small device at the same time, and to increase the range of activities that the microscope can successfully use.
Orth believes that the potential application of the smartphone microscope is huge.
'Our moving microscope can be used as an on-of all types-
Monitoring on site or in remote areas, 'he said.
'Water quality, blood samples, environmental observations, detection and diagnosis of early diseases --
These are areas where our technology can easily be used for good results.
'Orth also sees significant benefits for the device in developing countries.
'In some areas, there may be very few powerful microscopy,' he said . '.
'They are usually found only in larger population centres and not in remote or smaller communities.
However, their use in these areas may be essential --
Used to determine the water quality of drinking water, by analyzing blood samples of parasites, or for diagnosis of diseases including malaria.
To ensure that this technology can be used around the world, the microscope clip 3D printed files-
'Ideally, the cell phone microscope should take advantage of the integrated Flash in almost all modern phones to avoid the need for external lighting and power supplies,' Orth said . '.
'It should also be as compact and easy to assemble as possible.
It is this design concept that inspires us to develop this plug-in. on clip.
'Orth and his CNBP colleagues have tested new cell phone microscopy in a number of areas, successfully visualizing the semen of the floating animal live cow from cell culture to in order to support the livestock fertility test.
The study was published in the scientific report. 1038/s41598-018-21543-2.
CNBP is the center of excellence for the Australian Research Council, with research focus nodes at RMIT, the University of Adelaide and Macquarie.
CNBP is a $40 program dedicated to the development of new lighting equipment
Based on imaging and sensing tools, the internal work of living cells can be measured.
Research priorities at RMIT, University of Adelaide and Macquarie University. CNBP is a $40 initiative dedicated to the development of new light-based imaging and sensing tools that can measure the internal work of living cells. Story: Kaszubska, gaosia
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