Internet of Things Microscope

Construction date: May 28, 2016 – July 10, 2016

Cost: 250 dollars~

Time to build: 3 months

Status: Complete


*A citizen scientist round winner of the 2016 Hackaday prize*

Brief Description:

Using a modular design based on a Raspberry PI 3, our challenge will be to update the microscope using low cost and open-source materials. We are going to build a microscope that can go anywhere! This microscope is capable of transmitting images to a screen, e-mail or internet location around the world. It will scan an entire plate to create a single high resolution image for visualization of microscopic objects. Citizen scientists can now bring a microscope anywhere and use it. Our project will increase the accessibility of students who are home-bound, unable to attend a class, or lecture to still be able to see the demonstration video and pictures of real-time microscopy. Our project will also allow developing countries to have access to previously very expensive technology. This microscope will not only be easy to build, but will cost a fraction of the price of current technology.

We are building a low cost IoT microscope based on the Raspberry Pi 3. Using easily changeable glass objectives. This microscope will provides various magnification. (40x, 100x, 400x). The microscope will scan the specimen on the x and y axis and stitch the images together to create a large and very detailed image that can be reviewed on a internet connected phone, tablet or computer. We will be making the design as low cost as possible so that anyone in the world has access to a very powerful digital microscope. Citizen scientists from around the world will soon have a new powerful tool to aid in future discoveries.

The Raspberry Pi 3 will provide the necessary I/O pins for control of the stepper drivers and Pi camera, and will also facilitate the connection to multiple devices via a WiFi connection. We are looking into software algorithms that will stitch the images together on the Pi as it scans the target. Since it also has a built -in full size HDMI port, you can also simply hook the microscope to a TV or computer screen to view the camera.


More details @ Hackaday