Turn your smartphone into a microscope with the 60x Field Microscope

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There are similar products on the market, none of which we’ve used, and 60x claims that theirs is the best.

Using a microscope can be a fun activity for both kids and adults. That’s why the crew at 60x are creating a microscope that will work with your smartphone’s camera. The 60x Field Microscope is supposed to deliver crisp and high-quality images while giving you a microscopic view of the world. There are similar products on the market, none of which we’ve used, and 60x claims that theirs is the best.

Finally, a smartphone microscope that produces crisp, high-quality images. Just beyond what the eyes can see – there is an amazing microscopic world, waiting to be discovered. But not every phone magnifier is awesome. Many attempts to magnify with a single lens have created less than satisfactory images. Now, you can capture its wonder and beauty through our easy-to-use, multi-lens microscope. You can explore the world in 60x microscope.

60x started as a project at the Australian Science and Mathematics School, where we engaged students to explore the micro-world around them. Through this experience, we realized the limitations of the other products. So, we developed our own!

60x offered up these key points as to why their device is different than others:

  • Multiple-lens system: to create a crisp magnified image, with much less distortion and chromatic aberration than other brands.
  • Full-screen image: we use a lens designed to capture a full view from the camera.
  • No external lighting required: by reflecting the light from the camera’s flashlight, we can light up an object in day or night.
  • Easy to use: all you need to do is clip the microscope onto your phone and open your camera app.

It’s certainly an interesting idea and one that could help students, teachers, hobbyists, and more. We’ll see how well it gets implemented and just how good they can actually make it. The company is manufacturing a limited number of microscopes in time for Christmas. You can back the project at the link below.

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