A pocket microscope that costs only 1 euro


There was a research team from Stanford University, which created a pocket microscope, its cost is only 1 euro.

Researchers at Stanford University in the United States have created a microscope that can be purchased for a euro, the responsibility for creating this microscope is Prakash Lab, which already produces some low-cost scientific tools to expand access to Young people to science, thus being a project with some educational responsibility.

“The cost of a teaching and research tool should not be a limiting factor to learning”, the company says. With this philosophy, a team of Stanford scientists has developed a paper microscope, which costs about a dollar, but its magnification capacity is up to 2000 times.

The microscope fits in once fold pocket, and is being tried around the world, with more use in poorer locations. Yet this object has a much greater purpose than simply a close observation. It aims to encourage scientific curiosity among millions of children, with a special focus on students from developing countries.

The invention of the small microscope is the award-winning Indian bio engineer Manu Prakash, and PhD student Jim Cybulski. The Prakash Lab, a bioengineering laboratory, was inspired by the origami technique (Japanese art of folding paper), and thus created a microscope that weighs only 10 grams. Despite being assembled by users in just ten minutes, the Foldscope has plenty of durability and even resists water.

The microscope also allows to detect, without the consumption of electricity, some microorganisms that cause some diseases. “I wanted to make the best possible diagnostic tool and I wanted to be able to distribute this tool practically at zero cost. What we wanted to create was a take-and-take microscope”, explained Prakash, who invented Foldscope with the help of a Foundation grant Bill & Melinda Gates.

After 50,000 microscopes were distributed in 135 countries for research and training, from Uganda to Mongolia through Peru, the two engineers released a prototype that they will send to schools between August and December of that year.