PNNL Smartphone Microscope

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)


Combine your iPhone or tablet with a 3D-printed clip and glass sphere to create an inexpensive, yet powerful, microscope. The microscope slips over the camera lens of the cell phone and is no thicker than a phone case. It is designed to fit most cell phone brands, including iPhone 4 and 5, Galaxy S3 and S4 phones and iPads. Must have a 3D printer to open files.

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