Laks Iyer

NIH Scientist

Every child should have a Foldscope in their pockets. The microscope is hardy, water proof and delightfully hackable into many different configurations. Most importantly, it directly couples with a phone and thus ready for recording videos and images. I have played with this model extensively and have also had much success with the beta-tester version of the foldscope. The Foldscope also provides an avenue for recording your observations and sharing them with people in over a 130 countries. I have extensively documented my journey (http://microcosmos.foldscope.com/?author=198). I believe that I get images comparable to what a compound microscope with 10x the price would get at this magnification. The deluxe kit is essentially a mobile laboratory and I have used it extensively in my natural history wanderings. I particularly like that there are three distinct size-filters. I have hacked the foldscope to get dark field views, Rheinberg illuminations, pseudo-phase contrast, polarization microscopy and projections for both display and a camera lucida. I couldnt have dreamt doing any of this with my compound microscope, especially on the move. These are kid-friendly too and once assembled correctly, kids should be able to use it without fear of breaking it.


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