Magnify your world

Education in the future is so promising with the type of technology that is being produced these days.

BLIPS is one of such technologies and is basically a stick on lens that is able to turn your cell phone into a portable, digital microscope and in essence, help you magnify your world.

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BLIPS stick on the camera of your phone with reusable adhesive, and are slim enough (between 0.5 millimeters and 1.2 millimeters thick) to fit into your wallet.

They come in a pack which contains lenses capable of both micro and macro shots. The lenses are currently available on Kickstarter and although the cheapest price is €20, the promise for increased opportunities is definitely worth it.

magnify your world

BLIPS’ creators SmartMicroOptics say their lenses are the world’s thinnest available for mobile devices, and were developed within the labs of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Genoa.

They also note that the exact amount of magnification attainable by the lens depends on the smartphone you’re using, but with the right digital zoom it’s possible to magnify images up to 100 times.

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Another technology which could help you magnify your world is ‘Foldscope’ an optical microscope that can be assembled from simple components, including a sheet of paper and a lens.

It was developed by Manu Prakash and designed to cost less than US$1 to build. These technologies are cheap enough to be acquired by any hobbyist interested in the world around them and could also be applied in actual scientific work.

magnify your world

A chunk of schools in Africa would especially benefit from these innovations as they cannot afford to get enough actual microscopes to furnish the needs of all their students who may be so inclined, leaving practical sessions of that nature as a far fetched dream.