Scientists create a high-resolution microscope from Lego and cheap lenses for smartphones

Taking advantage of the latest advances in smartphone technology and endless possibilities

Lego, scientists from Germany have created a cheap andsimple microscope with high resolution. Part educational and part toy, this full-featured science tool isn't just for visualizing microscopic objects. The authors of the development note that it can be used to teach children.

Researchers from the Universities of Göttingen andMünster (Germany) have set themselves the task of improving access to high-resolution microscopes. The point is that they are usually too expensive and fragile for home use.

When creating the microscope, scientists used modern smartphones that are equipped with very advanced lenses. The cost of one lens cost scientists only $ 5 apiece.

Then the scientists designed a frame for the microscope.high resolution using only Lego building blocks. The authors of the development emphasize that the capabilities of their device are close to that of modern research microscopes - with the help of it, images of micrometer-sized objects can be obtained.

Also, scientists have prepared a guide toself-assembly of the device with step-by-step instructions. Children from 9 years old will cope with the task. Plans and instructions for the microscope are freely available, and an article describing the study is published in the journal The Biophysicist 2021.

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