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Everything You Need To Know About This $1 Unbreakable Origami Microscope Made in Just 10 Minutes

Everything You Need To Know About This $1 Unbreakable Origami Microscope Made in Just 10 Minutes

Origami microscopes made of paper can fit in your pocket and cost less than a dollar. The device is known as Foldscopes. Each device weighs less than two nickels. And can be made in less than 10 minutes from paper, a lens, a battery, an LED, and other miscellaneous parts. A Foldscope can survive being stepped on. It can survive even after having been dropped from a three-story building.

Foldscopes can provide up to roughly 2,100x magnification. Providing a resolution of about 0.7 microns. “That is powerful enough to explore all kinds of things,” says study coauthor Manu Prakash at Stanford University.

Everything You Need To Know About This $1 Unbreakable Origami Microscope Made in Just 10 Minutes

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To operate a Foldscope, you first insert a microscope slide with a sample mounted on it. Next, turn on the device’s LED light and hold the Foldscope with both hands. Place your eye near the device’s spherical microlens. Use your thumbs to compress the Foldscope’s origami to pan and focus.  Moving your thumbs together pans the view. Pushing the thumbs together or pulling the thumbs apart focuses in or out. The researchers say that the device is such rugged, portable, easy-to-make microscopes. These could help researchers examine scientific or medical specimens in the field. while the cost potentially makes them accessible to everyone.

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