Here is how to turn your smartphone into a digital microscope for just $10: DIY

Here is how to turn your smartphone into a digital microscope for just $10: DIY
You already know that you have a hugely powerful tool always in your pocket - your smartphone. Don’t you wish that you could use it for a little more, make use of its capabilities to help you with school and science? A new do-it-yourself guide shows exactly that, a way to creatively turn your phone into a digital microscope and do real science for just $10.

The whole project will take up merely 20 minutes and requires little preparation. You have to get the materials ready and have a drill and assorted bits at hand. Then, you need to go shopping and get a few nuts, bolts, plywood and plexiglass pieces. With all this, you’ll be ready to assemble your own digital microscope to work with your smartphone.

First, here are all the materials that are necessary:

  • 3x 4 ½” x 5/16” carriage bolts
  • 9x 5/16” nuts
  • 3x 5/16” wing nuts
  • 5x 5/16” washers
  • ¾” x 7” x 7” plywood -- for the base
  • ⅛” x 7” x 7” plexiglass -- for the camera stage
  • ⅛” x 3” x 7” plexiglass -- for the specimen stage
  • laser pointer focus lens
  • LED click light (necessary only for viewing backlit specimens)

Next, you’ll need the following tools:
  • Drill
  • Assorted bits
  • Ruler

There is an actual step-by-step walkthrough of the assembly that you can watch in a video right below, but first a few words about the end result. It is a microscope that is capable of up to 175x magnification - enough to see and explore a plant cell. The whole creation is also completely mobile so you can do your shots outdoors without any expensive equipment. Take a look at how it’s done right below.

source: Instructables



1. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

wow !!!! now this is called Innovation !!!

8. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

yup not the iphone on it

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well they figured that $10 might be too much for most android owners.

2. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

all this for just 10$ mind blowing

3. GeekMovement unregistered

that's pretty neat. science lovers will probably drool over this.

4. zennacko unregistered

This + Z1 S 20 Mp camera = epic win.

5. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

I like this

6. TomTheNerd

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

sort of skimread the article, but imagine doing this with a nokia lumia 1020.

7. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

Nice idea.

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