Turn Your Smartphone Into a Digital Microscope for Only $10

Turn Your Smartphone Into a Digital Microscope for Only $10

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You know that laser pointer you have in some old drawer in your house? The one you have never used for anything useful and for some reason you never threw it away. Then it’s time you pull it out of the drawer and put it to good use. The small lens used to focus the laser can be placed in front of the camera lens in any smartphone to turn it into a microscope!

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Ok, so you won’t actually be able to see any viruses or bacteria but it is good enough to have some fun and take really cool pictures.First of all, you will need to disassemble the laser pointer. You need the lens inside it so just take it apart and take out the lens. Then place the lens with the convex side facing the front of the smartphone and attach it in place.

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This new approach by Yoshinok at Instructables, requires a little work. Using just a few materials you can pick up at your local DIY shop you can create a stand replicating the setup of a microscope, complete with a light source and stage for your sample.

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So check the how-to video, get to work and your smartphone will be equipped to take the most interesting macro pictures you can think of!