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For $10, Convert Your Smartphone into a Microscope with Photo and Video Capabilities

Science made smartphones amazing. Now smartphones are making science amazing. It's all very nice.

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[Update – 10:43AM 10/29/13] We actually built one of these $10 microscope stands. Take a look at the photos we took using it to see how well it works.

Now you can do science at home with a $10 DIY smartphone microscope stand. Like pretty much everything else they touch, smartphones make microscopes better by making them less expensive, more portable, and granting you the ability to take photos and video of your subjects. It’s great to live in the future.

If you’ve got the required tools handy, it should only take about 20 minutes to build the microscope stand. Considering how much a real microscope costs and the built-in photographic capabilities of the smartphone one, it’s well worth the time and effort. You can find step-by-step instructions here.

Also, if you’re into home science projects enough to want your own microscope, building the stand yourself is probably just an added bonus. Go make one and take pictures of amazing things.

(via BoingBoing, image via kmyoshino)

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