Cellphone microscopes to go on trial in Africa

July 8 2010
Its a microscope, for a cellphone.

It's a microscope, for a cellphone.

Yesterday Engadget carried a link about attaching an SLR-lens to an iPhone 4, but this is even cooler. An internally illuminated microscope that sticks over any cellphone camera.

According to Wireless Design Online, it’s been designed at UCLA with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and is being used in field trials somewhere in Africa as we speak. There’s been a lot written about cellphone technology in development recently, from distributing HIV/AIDs test results via SMS to finding people trapped in the rubble of Port-aux-Prince, Haiti. This could be massive for low cost healthcare in hard to reach places.

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