A Start-Up company in Seoul, Korea has come up with an innovative invention that allows you to view microscopic images on any smartphone at 400x. It is called the Nurugo Micro. They initially began their campaign on Kickstarter in 2016 and now have moved over to Indiegogo as well. It appears they are already in the shipping phase, and you can pick up a single device for $70 US Dollars on their Indiegogo campaign site.
It is a small device that clips onto your phone, over your camera and utilizes your LED flash to provide lighting. They are hoping people from all facets of life will want to utilize the technology, from scientists, to high school teachers in the classroom, to everyday consumers that might just want to see what their denim jeans look like at 400x. We’re thinking that many scientists may already pack some heat when it comes to portable microscopes and probably already have some hi-tech stuff in hand, however, I think that this could be a really cool educational tool for school teachers from kindergarten through high school. Additionally, I think this could be a big hit with average every day “non-scientist” consumers that just want to look at stuff up close for fun.
We looked on Amazon out of curiosity and there are several mini type microscopes out there, not quite as small but still pocket-able. They range in price largely, falling anywhere between $10 and several hundred. We did find a couple of portable 1200X zoom microscopes for around $120. We will let you do the research and weigh out the pros and cons to decide if it is worth the money to you or not. There is no doubt that this is a really cool product that we are glad to have seen come to life and are keeping an eye on within our start-ups radar.