Using a clear pliable polymer, Steve Lee from the Australian National University (ANU) Research School of Engineering, was able to create tiny lenses that, when mounted on a smartphone, turn the device into a high-resolution microscope. This gives the phone "magnifying power of up to 160 times" and an image resolution of four micrometers.
Lee and his team worked with Tri Phan from Sydneys Garvan Institute of Medical Research to find ways to transform the lens into a medical imaging tool. They designed a lightweight 3D-printable frame to hold the lens, along with a couple of miniature LED lights for illumination, and a coin battery.
Phan said the tiny microscope has a wide range of potential uses, particularly if coupled with the right smartphone apps. This is a whole new era of miniaturization and portability ? image analysis software could instantly transform most smartphones into sophisticated mobile laboratories, Dr Phan said.
|Take Widescreen Photos and Videos Using the 1.33x Anamorphic Adapter Lens for iPhone 5/5S|
|$12 Wireless Plan Lets You Connect Only to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram|
|Burner: Disposable Phone Numbers for Your iPhone|
|Jailbreak Community Battles Apple for Control of iPhone|
|Nokia Patents a Tattoo that Rings With Your Phone|
|“We are considering public transport free of charge in order to reduce the number of private cars.”|
|"Automation will disrupt millions of Canadian jobs, not far in the future, but in the next dozen years."|
|"What if plant cells could be grown for food by regular people."|
|The 24 Carrot Cake|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|“What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?"|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|“Can a platform be 'cool' if your aunt, grandfather, and third grade teacher all use it?”|
|Fake Name Generator|
|“From Self-Driving Cars to Beyond!”|