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TED: "A 50-cent microscope made of paper"

 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:57 pm    Post subject: TED: "A 50-cent microscope made of paper" Reply with quote

I'm passing along this very interesting link that I received this morning. Those of us who are used to big elaborate setups might enjoy seeing another approach.

http://www.ted.com/talks/manu_prakash_a_50_cent_microscope_that_folds_like_origami
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In this cool demo from TED Fellow Manu Prakash, meet a microscope made of paper that's easy to fold and use (and costs about 50 cents to make). These cheap, cutting-edge microscopes could help rural health clinics diagnose diseases faster -- and for students, it turns the world into a hands-on science experiment.

The scope is actually an elaborate miracle of miniaturization. It's definitely not made entirely of paper. Actually there's an embedded LED and assorted lenses and filters. But all that is mounted in a paper framework and designed to be mass produced at very low cost.

From 7:35 in the presentation:"We had to figure out a way to manufacture lenses in paper itself at really high throughputs. So it uses a process of self-assembly and surface tension to build achromatic lenses ..."

Slick stuff!

This was filmed in June 2012, but apparently it was just now posted on the TED site.

--Rik
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. So cool.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked The intention for designing it is charming. That there is the technology to produce it - above all, at such cost - is beyond my imagination.

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