The iPhone has become a super tool for citizen scientists. Not only are there a ton of apps for those curious about nature, like leaf identifiers and animal call finders, but there are also now a host of add-on gadgets that turn your phone into a mobile lab. We've shown you the Lab Strip kit that uses your iPhone to analyze lab strips and a biosensor system that analyzes just about every thing around you. There have also been a few microscope kits, like this tiny micro lens, but this new iPhone-utilizing microscope is a cut above the rest.
The MicrobeScope is currently on Kickstarter and looks to be a beautiful addition to your scientific tool kit. The Kickstarter campaign describes it like this: "The MicrobeScope is a very powerful fixed focus instrument capable of viewing sub 1micron features of individual bacteria and other life forms at the physical limits of optical resolution. It works great in the field, in the lab, or at home yet is simple enough for a child to use. It doesn’t require any supplies like glass slides, and there are no knobs to adjust. "
A specimen is placed directly on the inverted lens of the device and a battery-powered light source illuminates it. The iPhone is placed in the cradle with the camera aligned with the eye piece. The specimen appears magnified 800x on the iPhone screen where you can take photos and video or just observe pollen, bacteria, algae or whatever else you pick up in real time. With the iPhone 5S, you can use the slow motion capture to see microbes moving at a slower pace.
The added bonus is that the iPhone lets you share your neat finds instantly.
The gadget has already surpassed its funding goal, but if you want one of these babies soon, you can still pledge $125 or more and get one in May or June of this year. Watch the video below to learn more.