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The Foldscope is an incredibly affordable flat-pack microscope that’s mostly made of paper. It comes with a lens that provides 140x magnification – on par with four-figure microscopes. The $20 kit comes with prepared and blank slides, an LED lamp and more.
Will and Robbie from At-Bristol show off a neat trick for science geeks. When you project a laser pointer through a droplet of water, it creates a microscope that can project tiny organisms onto your wall. (Thanks Ross!)
This gadget works with most smartphones to turn them into a portable microscope, capturing still or video images of tiny organisms or other objects. It provides up to 800x magnification and requires no slides or other supplies.
Everyday objects can become a lot more interesting when observed at the microscopic level. Why not give this project by kmyoshino a try and turn your smartphone into a digital microscope with materials costing just $10.