by CalebNovember 11, 2009

Building on a Mobile Core: Engineer Transforms Phone into a Microscope


When what's available in the mainstream marketplace is not enough, expand on it. An engineer and assistant professor at UCLA has adapted a cell phone for use as a microscope, using only $10 of additional off-the-shelf hardware and self developed software. The purpose for this invention is for screening in remote locations without access to laboratories or hospitals.

“This is an inexpensive way to eliminate a microscope and sample biological images with a basic cellphone camera instead,” he said. “If you are in a place where getting to a microscope or medical facility is not straightforward, this is a really smart solution.”

Mobile phones are providing people with a core piece of hardware to build upon for functionality that is a little more niche, like this guy who slapped a telephoto lens and stereo microphone on his iPhone.

[via nytimes]

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