It might have happened with you that you want to see or observe something very deeply, but you have no option except regretting as you don’t have a microscope with you at that moment. From now on you won’t have to regret for such situation anymore. Now, you can turn your smartphone into a microscope. Thinking about cost? It’s only $10.
The man behind turning your smartphone into a microscope for $10 is known as Yoshinok. According to his instructions mentioned in Instructable, you need the following things which will cost around $10 altogether to turn your smartphone into a microscope.
- Three 4 and 1/2 x 5/16-inch carriage bolts
- Nine 5/16-inch nuts
- Three 5/16-inch wing nuts
- Five 5/16-inch washers
- A piece of 3/4 x 7 x 7-inch plywood for the base
- A piece of 1/8 x 7 x 7-inch plexiglass for the camera stage
- A piece of 1/8 x 3 x 7-inch plexiglass for the specimen stage
- A laser pointer focus lens
- And an LED click light if you want to use the rig to view backlit specimens.
- A drill machine (If you already have it, then it’s good. If not, then you don’t have to buy it, just borrow it from a friend for some time)
Yoshinok has mentioned that you have to spend no more than 30 minutes to turn your smartphone into a microscope using the above materials. Now just follow the instructions in the video below to turn your smartphone into a microscope. And by any chance the video instruction is not sufficient enough and you want to have a more detailed step-by-step written guide, then head over to Instructable.
All done according to the instruction? So what are you waiting for? Now start taking macro photos of anything that will fit on the specimen stage. Here are some sample pictures taken by smartphone-converted microscope.