A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
What is the product?
We have already successfully built a smartphone microscope product line including a series of products such as microRuler, iMICROSCOPE R and iADAPTER, thanks to the great support from our backers and customers.
iMICROSCOPE is another smartphone microscope product we are pleased to bring to you. In addition to useful features such as dedicated App, embedded scale-bar, it has its own illumination system, which is programmed to provide 3 different modes for observation. Moreover, its innovative nano-pad connection method enable it to be able to work with most smartphones.
Here are some micrographs took with it:
It is programmed to control the illumination by clicking one button, therefore you can select the illumination among white illumination of high angle, white illumination of low angle (a mode between bright field and dark field) and 375nm UV illumination to achieve best observation of a certain sample.
The features of iMICROSCOPE
Aluminum alloy body with solid quality
It is made of air-craft grade aluminum alloy with CNC machining, anodized finishing and a unique serial No. engraved by mechanical process.
Coated aspherical glass lens
An aspheric lens is a lens whose surfaces profile neither a portion of a sphere nor of a circular cylinder. An aspherical lens is designed for aberration correction. With the help of aspherical lens, distortion is reduced.
In addition, a pure glass lens with surface coating will further increase the optical performance.
Programmed illumination control
Illumination is very important for photography as well as for microscopy. Three illumination components are integrated around the microscopic lens, provide different illumination modes, which is available at click of one button. As shown below a banknote of 20USD observed under different illumination modes. The florescence paints with miniature prints is clearly shown under UV illumination.
Battery level indicator
4 stage battery level indicator with blue LED is designed to show the status of battery level and charging status.
Dedicated APP and μRuler
Due to the lack of sense on size in microscopic world, it is important to keep a scale-bar and ensure its accuracy on micrograph. The dedicated APP i-SEEING was designed to take micrographs to meet professional demand. Scale-bar on the micrograph could be tangled on/off to let you be able to embed a scale-bar on the image.
iMICROSCOPE is designed for different Phone models, this is achieved with nano-pad to connect with different phones.
Different from conventional adhesive, the nano suction pad mimics gecko's foot-pads, it has thousands of micro air pockets functioning like micro suction cups to hold the device to the phone. Every on and off application will leave nothing on the phone. This newly developed "nano suction pad" is residue-free, non-tacky and repeatable.
This nano suction pad is also easily to be cleaned by touching it with a PSA tape. So it could be used again and again. Here is a demo that it was contaminated by some dust (wheat flour), after cleaning with a PSA tape, it resumed its function as fresh.
Easy to use and work with most smartphones
In addition to all these features, it is very easy to use, no complex tuning and adjusting necessary. Just put it on your iPhone, turn it on and point it against what you are interested to look, that's it.
Thanks to the nano-pad connection method, it is able to accomodate most of the current smartphones, either for those with a flat camera or extruded camera. For those with double-lens, only one lens need to be slected to use.
Highlight and Specification
Stretch Goal - 22500CA$
Thank all backers great support, we reach beyond 325% of our goal. Let's put some further effort to reach the stretch goal. If we reach 22500CA$, these two additional items will be added in our rewards, as a special thanks to our awesome backers.
An additional pack of microRuler (both M and Q, 20USD value), that means these who pledged solo super early bird offer will also have one pack of microRuler, and others will have two pack of microRuler.
A piece of nano-pad (50mm in diameter) will be added. its one side is nano-suction surface and the other side with 3M adhesive. It will be great as spare parts or use it wherever you like.
Let others know iMICROSCOPE!
iMicroscope is a perfect gift for everyone who needs microscope, likes shooting extreme macros and exploring the micro-objects... Let your friends and family know about iMicroscope!
We (Shanghai Qingying E&T LLC, www.mobile-scope.com) focus on the development and manufacture of mobile phone microscopic photography product. We put our effort on this for quite a few years and get several patents authorized in this field since April of 2012.
We built a series of products to help our customer with the best smartphone based tools and instruments in different application:
Industry– PCB, printing, fabrics, fine mechanics abrasives
Medical– in hospital, for dermography and parasite identification
Garden– plants, insects
R&D– failure analysis, material observation, defects observation
Hobby– banknote, postage, vintage
Education - school experiment, explore micro-world
Daily life– office application, reading
Forensic – field observation and records
We are glad to bring our customers more portable and powerful tool, with solid quality, to help more and more people. We highly appreciate your support.
Risks and challenges
We have established manufacturing capability through accumulated experience in the development and manufacture of our other products. We carefully select suppliers to OEM of key parts, keep the cost, process and quality under control, and develop good relationships with our partners.
Development of this product has gone through prototyping, evaluation and improve the concept cycle many times. Your feedback is very important to make this a great product. Feel free to support us, raise questions and make suggestions.
Though we put lot of effort and also a reasonable buffer to our project plan to meet the time line, there may be difficulties and problems need to overcome on the road. This was learned from our previous new product development and manufacture. We put a lot of effort, time and passion on this product and we will be engaged in it to solve the problem. We will keep you updated in timely manner for the progress of the project.