We are a research team at PrakashLab at Stanford University, focused on democratizing science by developing scientific tools that can scale up to match problems in global health and science education. Here we describe Foldscope, a new approach for mass manufacturing of optical microscopes that are printed-and-folded from a single flat sheet of paper, akin to Origami.
New: Since microscopes are reaching around the world, the entries from the participants have started pouring in. Please follow http://microcosmos.foldscope.com to see what others are doing, and get inspiration for your next explorations. If you physically have a foldscope, we would really appreciate and request you to share your passion, ideas and data you collect with the world wide Foldscope community at the above website. We all have a lot to teach and lot to learn from each other.
New: Unfortunately our Beta-program has now closed. We'll update the website if foldscopes become available in another way. If you would like to sign up to get the announcements for the next large-scale phase, please send an email to <firstname.lastname@example.org> with a subject title: Foldscope. It would help if you briefly describe where you live and what community you might be working in. We will announce the next phase on the site and to the emails that sign up.