Foldscope: An Origami-Based Microscope
Foldscope is an ultra-affordable field microscope, that you build from common materials such as paper. It is designed to be produced affordably, to be durable, and to give optical quality similar to conventional research microscopes. With magnification of 140X and imaging resolution of 2 micron; Foldscope brings microscopy to new places. Be it your kitchen or a mountain top. Compatible with almost all camera phones.
We produce low-cost scientific tools to expand access to science. We aim to break down the price barrier between people and the curiosity and excitement of scientific exploration.
Foldscope users around the world, of all ages, share their observations, ideas, and problems in an online space called the Microcosmos.
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Early DAYS OF PROMISE
The New Yorker interview of Manu Prakash on the Foldscope Beta Version (December 2015).
MICROSCOPY FOR ALL
Manu Prakash discusses Foldscope's vision, a microscope in the pocket of every child. Moore Foundation (July 2016).
A look at the wonders of the microscopic world seen through the lens of a Foldscope (December 2017).