Apps and Devices that Turn your Iphone Into Microscope

What is an iPhone if it cannot be tuned to carry out unique activities? Turning it into a high powered microscope is one of the distinct possibilities. So, not only is your iPhone a device that opens up the world for you with exclusive apps and features, it is now one that brings you the minutest details around you in all its glory and vibrant colours. There are two ways that this can be achieved – the first is through an apps and the second is through devices that magnify images many times over and opens up hitherto unseen territories to the viewer.

What then are some of the apps and devices that turn an iPhone to a microscope?

Logsat Software – It’s an app to shock and surprise your friends with your iPhone magnifying images hundreds of times, features and magnification that can be got only from top of the line microscope. For a start zoom the iPhone on to your skin and show them the structure of the epidermis and dermis. Or better still, focus on your eyes and show the various filaments and blood cells. Amazing! Want more? Point the smart iPhone at your hair and show each fine individual strand. With such startling magnification this app should be a must download for your iPhone.

Companies today are now going off the beaten track and focusing more on hardware than software as these offer features found even in high end microscopes. A couple of examples will illustrate this better.

uHandy –  This device is manufactured by Aidmics Biotechnology of Taiwan and has a 200X microscope. It is basically a sperm tracker and has a free app on IOS platform for sperm tracking. The kit costs around $200 and has a clip-on lens, a base having a light, slide preparation kit, tweezers and eye dropper. The device offers a case so that the clip-on lens can be screwed into the camera opening.

Medical imaging and chemical detection device – This is truly an iPhone microscope. The app cum device changes the iPhone into a truly advanced microscopic device. It is an optimized combination of the features of a sophisticated device like the iPhone and a comparatively simple and inexpensive lens along with a microscope camera adapter. The ball lens is of 1mm diameter fixed in a rubber sheet that is then taped over the lens of the camera.

Even though there is a certain level of distortion in the light that is collected and magnified, the app and the software makes the necessary corrections and brings about true microscope level quality of image. The advantage here is that not only can high magnification and high resolution images be seen, they can be photographed on the iPhone for later analysis. Says Sebastian Wachsmann-Hogiu, a physicist at U. C. Davis, and lead author of the research, Field workers could put a blood sample on a slide, take a picture, and send it to specialists to analyze.”

It couldn’t possibly get better than this.

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