An iPhone is one device that is amenable to a host of functions as a standalone piece of gadgetry or complemented with additional apps and attachments. One of the amazing ways that an iPhone can be put to use is to turn it into a microscope. And it’s not at a level of a child’s toy, in fact the magnification and the resolution that can be achieved from an iPhone is comparable with high end optical instruments used for scientific research or other similar purposes
What then are the ways to turn your iPhone into a microscope that will be the envy of others?
Logsat Software – This app magnifies images hundreds of times with a clarity and resolution that will simply leave you floored. Once you have it installed, test it with a zoom in on your hair. Every fine strand can be seen in stark contrast. Or point it at your eyes and see the different filaments, arteries and blood cells in all its gory details. Another way to test the efficiency of your iPhone turned microscope is to focus it on your skin and see the structure of the epidermis and dermis. It really couldn’t get better than this.
Now for the attachments that too give amazing results –
ProScope – One of the leaders in the field of microscope with digital camera for the iPhone is ProScope. In fact, this is the company that invented and first marketed the device which can be attached to any iPhone. However, later versions of this digital microscope kit are compatible with all smart phones. The advantage here is that it is a microscope cum camera. Highly magnified photographs can be used for quality control analysis, investigate crime scenes or simply to view the world from an exclusive perspective.
Magnification of this digital microscope ranges between 20X and 80X with adjustable LED lights to eliminate the possibility of over or under exposure of photos. It runs on various operating platforms such as IOS, Mac, Chrome and Windows and has a USB slot. One microscope can be connected with 7 devices through Wi-Fi. Most importantly, given the high end features, this device is quite reasonably priced.
Chemical detection and Medical imaging – If there is one true blooded iPhone microscope, this is it. It uses the sophistication of the iPhone features with a simple lens and a microscope adapter. The ball lens of a minute 1mm diameter is fixed to a rubber sheet which in turn is taped over the lens of the camera. Once the image is magnified and photo taken, it can be stored for later analysis. Sebastian Wachsmann-Hogiu, a physicist at U. C. Davis, and lead author of the research says, “Field workers could put a blood sample on a slide, take a picture, and send it to specialists to analyze.”
There is a very minuscule distortion of light in the magnification process but the app and the related software has in-built features that automatically corrects this and enables actual high end microscope standard images.
There is constant innovation in this field with more and more devices and apps being regularly introduced in the market.