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Simple lens attachment turns smartphone into microscope

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Simple lens attachment turns smartphone into microscope
While it isn't the first product turning a smartphone into a microscope, the Micro Phone Lens is surely among the simplest solutions around. The accessory is pretty much just a tiny lens that you stick onto your phone's camera, gaining extra magnification for taking a closer look at stuff like the tracks on a circuit board or the wings of a fly.

What you need to know about the Micro Phone Lens is that it adds 15X zoom to your camera's optical system. Sure, that isn't a whole lot when compared to a professional microscope, but seriously, you cannot really expect more from something that costs $15. Besides, a stand-alone microscope is quite bulky. The Micro Phone Lens, on the other hand, is made with portability in mind so it can be carried around anywhere. The accessory self-adheres to the camera you want to use it with (5MP or more with auto-focus recommended), meaning that special cases or attachments aren't needed. It is made of a material that is optically identical to glass and resistant to scratching. 

Want to have one of these? Well, then Kicstarter is the place to go to. The project has raised sufficient funding already and anyone who pledged will get their Micro Phone Lens in October at the latest. And by the way, the guy who came up with the idea has a supercharged, 150X zoom lens in the works, so you may want to keep an eye out for that as well.


source: Kickstarter

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posted on 23 Aug 2013, 05:37 4

1. gd761 (Posts: 109; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


The Question is; Will this and the 150x Lens Fit on ALL MODEL PHONES? And not just the most popular phones, because if that's the case, then you guys might be shooting yourselves in the foot before you even get started.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 06:01

2. bohdan4ik13 (Posts: 82; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Blur effect, I'd prefer photo taken with macro mode and cropping tool.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 06:49 1

7. sepehrbeckham (Posts: 11; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)


this is not a Zoom lens guy.This is looks like a microscope.you can't do it with macro mode or crop.
open the source link an watch the video.it just 15$.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 06:05 5

3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5494; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Simple lens attachment turns smartphone into microscope"

Far away from microscope, it is just a magnifying glass.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 06:12

4. terabyteRouser (Posts: 451; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


cool.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 06:19 4

5. mayur007 (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


cannot be called microscope..

in microscope picture tend to be very clear ..

but in this not somewhat blury

but still i would say good innovation.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 06:20 1

6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2800; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Micro Phone Lens is that it adds 15X zoom to your camera's optical system and 5MP or more with auto-focus recommended. Nice.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 07:20

8. Dunexus (Posts: 5; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


Less espensive, just a drop of water !

blogs.scientificamerican.com/compound-eye/2012/03/​12/transform-your-iphone-into-a-microscope-just-ad​d-water/

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 08:28

9. Finest (Posts: 77; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)


i bet the quality of pictures taken is not as good as the stock quality.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 17:30

10. JulianGT (Posts: 82; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)


Imagine the Lumia 1020...

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