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mibo is a simple yet high efficieny digital microscope conversion kit for your cell phone. Explore amazing details of the world. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on March 8, 2014.

mibo is a simple yet high efficieny digital microscope conversion kit for your cell phone. Explore amazing details of the world.

About this project

Hi Kickstarter! 

Welcome, and thanks for checking out the mibo! We are excited to be here with our first project. Did you want to have your own digital microscope? Just for curiousity about details of world around you. If you so we believe you are going to love mibo. mibo turns almost any cell phone to digital microscope. You can take and send microscopic pictures and videos with your phone. And with mibo application you can have all ability of a full featured, expensive digital microscope. It's easy to set up and packs down a box to easily fit into your bag or brief case. 

You can capture microscopic images and videos easily with mibo. mibo allows anybody with a smartphone to easily take microphotography images. Once you start microphotography, you will be stunned wtih detail of the world. Here some images taken with mibo

Phone used: iPhone4S with ordinary Camera App (Mag. values are approx.)
Phone used: iPhone4S with ordinary Camera App (Mag. values are approx.)
Europe from 10 cents. (With Samsung Galaxy Note II and mibo)
Europe from 10 cents. (With Samsung Galaxy Note II and mibo)
Hydra With Bud (tail) -mibo+ and iPhone4s
Hydra With Bud (tail) -mibo+ and iPhone4s
sugar crystals
sugar crystals

How to use mibo?

It works with almost any Cell Phone or Tablet. Using the mibo is easy. Just take the parts of mibo from its box . Assemble mibo in 10 seconds. Put your phone on the marked place of mibo's top platfom. Launch mibo app or your phone's camera app. That's all. Now you can start to explore micro world. 

mibo can be set up and packed down in seconds.

Aomeba Paramecium - mibo+ ,iPhone4S (Approx 150X)
Aomeba Paramecium - mibo+ ,iPhone4S (Approx 150X)

Features 

You can choose mibo or mibo Plus kits. Here is the features of all mibos:

  • Plexiglass body
  • Portable : assemble, disassembe in seconds and take it anywhere
  • Works with almost any cell phone or tablet camera
  • LED Strip light installed  floor with changeable coin battery   
  • High transparent acrylic lense (Manufactured in Shenzhen, China)
All mibos comes with  slides and a special velvet carrying bag that protects mibo's body against scratchs.

mibo's technical specs and additional features

  • Base magnification: 40X
  • Max magnification: 160X with zoom

mibo Plus's technical specs and additional features

  • Base magnification: 80X
  • Max magnification: 320X with zoom
  • Backup slides
Prepared Slides

We are planning to add one piece (two different piece in mibo plus) prepared slide to kits for starting to explore quickly. But we have not decided contents yet. We are open your suggestions.
 

mibo Application

We decided to develop our video and imaging application for mibo so you can use mibo with high efficiency. Ordinary video and image capture application of cell phones can't zoom during video capture process. And there are some other cons like this. Thanks to open source OpenCV library we have developed a powerfull video and image application for iOS.

mibo App features:

  • Up to 6x zoom with advanced digital processing
  • Set exposure separately from focus.
  • Captures photos up to 8 shots per second 
  • Zoom when taking videos
  • Time-Lapse Photography

Also we are working to port some basic features of open source CellProfiler (http://www.cellprofiler.org) software .

mibo application will be open source and publish from Github when development complete. 

Rewards 

 

Stretch Goals

We have stretch goals like about mibo application for android, acrylic molded mibo body and more portable design.

$7500 — mibo Android App. We plan to provide complete functional app for Android phone and tablet holders if this goal is achieved..

$10K  — More portable design and acrylic molded body. We plan to redesign body and acrylic molded production for more portable, stylish mibo if this goal is achieved.

$14K  —  mibo Win Phone App We plan to provide complete functional app for Win phone holders if this goal is achieved.

What we do and why we do it

With mibo you can give inspire to kids and kid hearted adult explorers.

Designing and building mibo is a necessity for us. One of us (Ahmet Vural) working as a teacher in a public vocational high school (GTO Vocational High School - Gaziantep ). He needs 20+ microscopes for their science class with underfunded budget. So that's how we started to design mibo. One of our major aim is making home science more accessible.  mibo is designed for providing an alternative option to expensive microscopes. mibo is a better option for science classes in low budget public schools. mibo will allow people to rediscover the world around them. 

Design Process

In the begining of 2013's last semester we need 20+ microscopes for Ahmet's class at high school. But our school did not have budget for this kind of expense. So we searched the net for low cost, DIY microscope options. We tried a lot of designs including webcam conversions, DVD Player lens, etc. But none of these satisfied us for using at classroom.  

After a lot of try and hard work,  we found a usefull instructable on instructables.com by  Kenji Yoshino. We tried his design but his lenses from laser pointer did not work for us as we want either. Then, with inspire from Yoshinok, we decided design our own digital microscope conversion kit for mobile phones. 

Here is some pics from our early designs and works.

working on first mibo with students
working on first mibo with students
very early mibo prototypes
very early mibo prototypes

Still we needed high quality lenses for our design. We searched net again.  We ordered some high transparent acrylic lenses from China over Aliexpress web site.

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Volvox , mibo+ and iPhone4S (Approx. 250X)
Volvox , mibo+ and iPhone4S (Approx. 250X)
Acrylic Lens
Acrylic Lens

And we redesigned mibo's body and cut from plexiglass sheets with laser cutter at İstanbul Maket's workshop. 

one of first AutoCAD models
one of first AutoCAD models

Like Yoshinok said, All we want is giving you the freedom to explore.

Production Plan and Timeline

We have a handful of working prototypes of mibo and a nearly finished iOS  application, which we continue to test internally. These prototypes have been made with the manufacturing process in mind so we are confident we can turn them into amazing, final products.

We will use two hubs for shipments if our project funded. We will send mibos to US backers from Atlanta, our second home and we will send mibos to international backers from Istanbul . We have good deal with a company in Istanbul. With this way we keep shipment cost as low as we can.

What we will use the money for

We are asking for your support of $6000. The 6k will be used to finish the design for manufacturability, packaging design, ordering lenses, LED strips, coin batteries and plexiglass sheets and help us set up and contact distribution channels.

Meet us!

AVI Labs are team of designers, developers and coders. 

AVI Labs began life in Gaziantep / Turkey as a mobile software development studio (Fabrikapps - http://www.fabrikapps.com) for distrubiting applications and games coded by Ahmet Vural and his students at vocational high school computer science section. 

Ahmet Vural is still working as vocational teacher in GTO Vocational High School and freelance software developer. Last year Fabrikapps comes a new form collabration with Şahin Aslan and his company İstanbul Maket, a 3D Architectural Model Company and named AVI Labs as a partner of İstanbul Maket. Together we create 3D Architectural models, design prototypes and automotion system including remote home control systems.

You can check our projects from İstanbul Maket web site (http://www.istanbulmaket.com.tr) and our youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/istanbulmaket?feature=watch). And you can check our previous software applications from Fabrikapps web site(http://www.fabrikapps.com)

The team now consists of  Ahmet Vural, Şahin Aslan, Abdulkadir Ozbey and Ahmet's wife Naime Ozbey Vural.

We're really excited about this new era in our life and in our team .

All we want is giving you the freedom to explore. So please help us to bring our idea to life.

Risks and challenges

mibo is a project involving software and hardware. And as we know most of the successful Kickstarter projects shipped late. We don't want to ship our product late. So we are working hard.

We've spent the last month working on mibo's plexiglass body production process. As soon as the project reaches the funding goal, we will order lenses, plexiglass sheets for body parts and begin manufacturing mibo's body parts in İstanbul Maket's workshop.

Design Changes:

The design of mibo's body is still being finalized before the making final mibo. Although minor changes has to do with body components and design for manufacturability, there is always the chance that this can slightly change the look of the product. And if we reached 10K stretch goal, we will redesign mibo's body for making mibo more portable and acrylic molding.

Software:

We have nearly finished the development of mibo application for iOS (iPhone, iPad), however it is not fully tested and ready for deployment. mibo app for Android is still under development. If stretch goal achieved we will outsource mibo android app for fast deployment. We are working hard to make the development of the applications.

The biggest risk is if this project doesn't get funded. Please help spread the word about the mibo!

Please help us bring our idea to life.

Thank you very much for your support!

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FAQ

  • Yes! Of course you can. All you have to do is select the reward that you want, and multiply the amount times the number of mibo's. No need to extra shipping cost. Thanks!
    Ahmet

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Rewards

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    Our eternal gratitude for your support and helping to bring mibo to life. And your name on our website's special thanks page.

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    EARLY BIRD REWARD! Be one of our first 200 backers, and receive a final production version of the mibo (with 160X magnification lens, two slides and specimens) and unlimited gratitude for helping us.

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    One mibo (with 160X magnification lens, two slides and specimens) . For a pledge of $22 you will be pre-ordering and will receive a final production version of the mibo and unlimited gratitude for helping us.

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    EARLY BIRD REWARD! Be one of our first 200 backers, and receive a final production version of the mibo Plus ( with 320X magnification lens, two slides and specimens, a backup slides and specimens pack) and unlimited gratitude for helping us.

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    mibo Plus ( with 320X magnification lens, two slides and specimens, a backup slides and specimens pack) .For a pledge of $30 you will be pre-ordering and will receive a final production version of the mibo and unlimited gratitude for helping us.

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    One mibo and one mibo Plus .For a pledge of $50 you will be pre-ordering and will receive a final production versions of the mibo, mibo Plus and unlimited gratitude for helping us.

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    BIG THANKS ! - We would like to invite you to come to dinner with us ! You and a friend of your's will stay in Istanbul for a weekend and a free guide around our beautiful city Istanbul.You will receive one mibo, one mibo Plus and you will be VIP Guest at our workshop, discuss our future projects and a beautiful night with our team at the Bosphorus of Istanbul . All luxury hotel stays and events arranged and covered by us.***Travel costs not included but we can arrange you a transfer from the airport.

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Funding period

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