Last month we wrote about a microscope that connects to smartphones called the Nurugo Micro. It was portable and fairly easily connected to most smartphone cameras. You could pick it up for about a $78 contribution on Kickstarter. It had zoom up to 400x. It was and still is a pretty cool device. However, something new just hit the crowdfunding app 13 days ago that we are also excited about. It shares similarities with Nurugo in some ways, but is also unique and sets itself apart in other ways. It is yet another microscope for your smartphone camera. The price is about $70 for a single device on Kickstarter, and it has up to 300x zoom. $8 cheaper than the Nurugo, but a bit less zoom as well. However, the iMicroscope seems to be much more slim and low profile than it’s competitor. At first glance, it almost looks like an over-sized SD card or something. Rather than clamping or clipping on like the Nurugo Micro, the iMicroscope has a really micro suction feature that allows it to stick to your phone sturdily without residue. On the site, it is compared to that of Gecko feet. There are a couple of short video clips on the campaign site that show fairly impressively how easy it is to install and use. The device is positioned over the camera and then allows users to toggle between microscope and regular camera view. We think that this is a really nice feature that makes a lot of sense. This way your not needing to choose whether you want it on or off for any given period. Also, like the Nurugo, it does come with an app that includes built in micro rulers that allow users to measure whatever it is they are studying. Here are some examples below:
In it’s 13 days it has accumalted $26,00o of pledges from a total of 261 backers. If you look at the timeline they have created, it appears they will begin actual production around July and shipping out devices to backers around September 2017. It also appears that the patent for the cool and practical lens switching microscope is still pending it’s patent. The company behind the iMicroscope R is named Shanghai Qingying E&T LLC. Their website is www.mobile-scope.com. They specialize in only microscopes for phones and have been around since 2012, and so are fairly young and I think have yet to make a big footprint. Maybe this will be the product that does that for them.