In today’s world where smart phones can help us communicate, discover, and share information in faster and more innovative ways, there are still people who think we can do more with our mobile devices. Thomas Larson is one these people who thinks a phone’s functionality can extend from simply “insta-chatting” and “snap-gramming” pictures of your dog and dinner entrées.
Back in 2012, University of Washington mechanical engineering undergraduate student Thomas Larson began developing stick-on lenses for mobile phones which turns a smart phone into a field microscope. In 2013, with an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, he funded the manufacture of Micro Phone Lenses which allow a smart phone to capture images magnified by a factor of 15! Again this year he has made another successful Kickstarter campaign for the development of stick-on lenses that can magnify images by a factor of 150! Having a microscope in your pocket has incredible benefits as an educational tool, field research aid, and even a potential water quality tester. These 15x and 150x Micro Phone Lenses are currently available for both purchase and pre-order on his website. For more information please visit, www.microphonelens.com.