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Upcoming Smartphone Accessories: The “clip-on” microscope, developed by researchers in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics in the University of Adelaide requires no outside power or light source to operate.
Described from the journal Scientific Reports, the unit is strong enough to visualise specimens, such as microscopic organisms, plant and animal cells, blood cells and cell nuclei. The “clip-on” includes “inner lighting tunnels” that utilise light in the camera to light the sample from behind.
According to direct programmer Dr Anthony Orth, this attribute is an improvement on additional phone-based microscopes which use outside LEDs along with other electricity sources which are bulkier and hard to assemble.
“We’ve designed an easy cell phone microscope which takes advantage of this integrated lighting available with almost all smart phones,” Orth explained.
“Our cellular microscope may be utilised as an affordable and portable instrument for all kinds of onsite or remote-area tracking,” he included.
The microscope requires only 1 assembly step by means of a 3D printer and no extra lighting optics. The apparatus also includes a dark-field microscopy performance which enables the user to detect samples which are nearly undetectable under standard bright-field operation.
Based on Orth, the tech could benefit developing nations that lack strong microscopes and may be used to ascertain water quality, analyse blood samples for parasites or early illness detection.
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