Science in Progress: Making a Foldscope

Kishore recruits the help of our very own Sean Charlesworth to show us how to put together a Foldscope–a D-I-Y microscope kit made for home use. We put a few interesting things under the lens of this microscope to test how well it works!

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5 thoughts on “Science in Progress: Making a Foldscope

  1. Could this be improved through 3-D printing?

    Nice review of this cardboard microscope, it’s simple but important devices like this that save lives in developing countries and emergency situations.

  2. The HackADay item is pretty cool, but not as compact as this cardboard unit.

    Oh, I was thinking just gutting the cardboard unit, and making the slide carrier and lens holders as part of a phone case. Going all out though, hum?

    Maybe a setup where the lens holder, slide carrier, and a phone connection had hard points that could hold a LED and battery (thinking, thinking, use the back side of the phone case as a small solar panel to charge a capacitor for the LED)

    Sorry, brainstorming.

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