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New 3D printed clip-on can now turn your smartphone into microscope: Here\'s how

by:Tuowei     2019-08-27
Scientists have developed a 3D printed \"clip --
This allows anyone to turn a smartphone into a fully functional microscope.
The smartphone microscope is powerful enough to visualize specimens as small as 200, including microscopic organisms, animal and plant cells, blood cells, nuclei, and so on, the researchers said.
They offer the technology for free and share 3D printed files publicly so that anyone who can use a 3D printer can turn their smartphone into a microscope.
Scientists have developed a 3D printed \"clip --
This allows anyone to turn a smartphone into a fully functional microscope.
The smartphone microscope is powerful enough to visualize specimens as small as 200, including microscopic organisms, animal and plant cells, blood cells, nuclei, and so on, the researchers said.
They offer the technology for free and share 3D printed files publicly so that anyone who can use a 3D printer can turn their smartphone into a microscope.
The clip was developed at the RMIT University node of ARC nano bio-photon excellence center (CNBP) in Australia
On technology does not rely On external power or light sources but provides high
The powerful mobile handheld package provides powerful micro-performance.
According to chief developer Anthony Oz, the technology has great potential as a scientific tool and is ideal for use in remote areas and in the wild
Work in the bigger stands
A separate microscope is not available or practical.
\"We designed a simple cell phone microscope that leverages the integrated lighting provided by almost all smartphone cameras,\" said Orth, a researcher at rmit cnbp . \". 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.
In a study published in the journal Science report, Orth said mobile phone devices were enabled.
Almost all other calls
The light source using external power is based on the microscope, while the phone itself has a very good flash.
\"External LEDs and power supplies can make these other systems extremely complex, bulky and difficult to assemble,\" he said . \".
Another advantage is that the clip
On makes both bright-field and dark-
Field microscope technology is needed, Orth said. 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. Increased darkness
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 and increase the range of activities that the microscope can successfully use,\" Orth added . \".
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