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Cool! Your iPhone can now double as a microscope #iphone #gadgets

Cool! Your iPhone can now double as a microscope #iphone #gadgets

When it comes to cameras on our phones, it seems like the technology is constantly improving, and that goes for add-on lenses for photography -- or for science. The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has come up with a smart way to combine mobile phone technology and microscopy. This add-on accessory for turning your smart phone into a microscope is accurate to one hundredth of a millimeter. © VTT The device is simple enough -- it is essentially a powerful macro lens, with embedded LED lights, that fits magnetically over the phone's existing camera lens. Images are produced by the camera phone that use the add-on lens to create sharp, high resolution images. The images can then be studied for things like surface changes -- and because the surface is lit from several directions by the LEDs, the images could be made into 3D with software. © VTT The researchers state, "...

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