A pocket-sized optical accessory turns a phone into a high-resolution microscope.
Developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the thin module attaches to a phone magnetically. The camera’s field of view is 2 x 3 millimeters, and has a resolution of one-hundredth of a millimeter. LEDs are embedded in the outer edge of the lens, allowing objects to be illuminated from different angles — and the resulting images could be used to produce 3D topographic maps, VTT adds.
Finnish enterprise KeepLoop Oy is exploring the commercial potential of the invention. The first industrial applications and consumer models will be released in early 2012.