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A Microscope Mobile Phone Can Scan Micro-Organisms…Find Out!

Scan Micro-Organisms With Mobile Phone

Building a microscope with your phone is a no brainer project that is a do-it-yourself science experiment. Imagine you go for a hike in the woods and see something interesting that you want to share with your friends. You would certainly want to take a picture with your cell phone and share it with them! But how will you share the picture of a micro-organism or a macroscopic object? This can be done with the help of Mobile Microscope.

The device lets you view specimens as small as 1/200th of a millimeter, thus we can view animal and plant cells, blood cells and cell nuclei.

Using mobile phones as a microscope, the process of diagnosing blood samples, or sending quick soil samples for testing etc becomes possible in real-time! Gone are the days when you needed to spend lots of money on lab reports. You can get it done through your phone camera at no cost while getting speedy reports too.

Mobile Phones As Microscope – How It Works?

An ordinary phone is just added with a clip-on disc. This disc consists of a microscopic lens that refracts light and magnifies the object. The device uses a phone flash to illuminate the microbe. This clip-on device uses a 1-mm-wide glass ball that magnifies objects 350 times their usual size.

Benefits:

  • This will give rise to autonomy in testing samples yourself without the help of expensive labs
  • People from remote villages who travel far across to cities for testing of samples of blood, plant, pets or soil can use this technology to send samples through their phones
  • Application development for interpretation of these images scanned through microscope will become a booming industry in itself
  • The entire testing process becomes low-cost and effortless

Indian Organizations Working On This Invention:

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay have devised low-cost lenses developed by Bhuvaneshwari Karunakaran as part of her Ph.D. Led by professor Soumyo Mukherji and Debjani Paul from the department of bioscience and bioengineering, the lens will be used for the cell phone microscope.

Researcher Link:

https://researchmatters.in/news/low-cost-lenses-turn-smartphones-microscopes

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