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Wireless digital microscope

September 28, 2011

The ProScope Mobile Microscope is one of the few data-gathering devices I have seen that interfaces with a tablet. It may LOOK like a small hair dyer, but this hand-held lets you zoom in to a tiny space and view live video or capture stills wirelessly from an iPad or other iOS device. The basic model sells for less than $300 on Amazon and the companion software is free on iTunes. An ambitious person could even write a custom app for the device using the free software development kit provided by the manufacturer, Bodelin Technologies. There must competing products, but this is the first to capture my attention.

I can imagine a bunch of applications for this kind of device, including

  • Biology lab work
  • Archaeology field work
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Electronics quality control
  • Medical patient exam
  • Creative photography

Please forgive my including a commercial video, but it explains the device very nicely.

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