Optofluidic Microscope

So, my alma mater has developed a ‘lensless’ single-chip microscope. From the report at DeviceGuru:

The microscope’s magnifying capabilities derive from a technology known as microfluidics, which is based on “the channeling of fluid flow at incredibly small scales,” according to the project. Applications for the so-called “optofluidic microscope” are expected to include field analysis of blood samples for malaria, or checking water supplies for giardia and other pathogens.

Caltech’s “optofluidic microscope” is about the size of a dime
“The whole thing is truly compact — it could be put in a cell phone — and it can use just sunlight for illumination, which makes it very appealing for Third-World applications,” notes Changhuei Yang, assistant professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at Caltech and developer of the device. Yang says he expects it the chip to cost about $10 when it achieves mass production.

[Via Slashdot]


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