Foldscope, A Folding Printable Microscope Created Using Paper That Costs 50 Cents to Make

Stanford University assistant professor and bioengineer Manu Prakash has created a microscope out of what is basically layered cardstock and a micro-lens. The “Foldscope” is made from around 50 cents in materials, and is meant to provide a new tool in diagnosing cases of malaria. Prakash recently spoke at a TED Conference about “Foldscope” and its applications. More details about the device, which is incredibly sturdy and includes no mechanical parts, are available at Stanford’s Scope Blog.


image via TED

via Stanford Scope Blog, Boing Boing