Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A microscope with dedicated illumination, micro-Ruler and innovative Nano-Pad to work with any smartphone.
A microscope with dedicated illumination, micro-Ruler and innovative Nano-Pad to work with any smartphone.
A microscope with dedicated illumination, micro-Ruler and innovative Nano-Pad to work with any smartphone.
114 backers pledged CA$ 17,683 to help bring this project to life.

About

iMICROSCOPE -The First One Compatible with Any Smartphone project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

iMICROSCOPE -The First One Compatible with Any Smartphone

CA$ 17,683

114

What is a prototype?

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.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

7db0a0a776da639159bb2b955cfb1e44 h264 base

Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

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. 

In addition, a high quality μRuler (stage micrometer) will be also provided with iMICROSCOPE to calibrate and assure accuracy of the scale-bar. Please see our previous campaign μRuler - A micro-Ruler to measure the micro objects for more information.

  • Nano-pad - durable and easy cleaning

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.

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
  • 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

 Rewards

 

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.
Additional microRuler
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.
Nano-pad sample
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. 


Time line

 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!

 

 

 

 

 

About us  

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

Manufacturing aspect
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.

Design aspect
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.

Time line
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.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Reward no longer available

    Pledge CA$ 124 or more About $95

    iMICROSCOPE Solo Super Early Bird

    ~99$
    Congrats, you get an iMICROSCOPE Solo as super early bird.

    Includes:
    iMICROSCOPE
    Charging cable
    App i-Seeing
    User Manual

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 40 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Reward no longer available

    Pledge CA$ 145 or more About $111

    iMICROSCOPE Super Early Bird

    ~116$
    Congrats, you get an iMICROSCOPE as super early bird

    Includes:
    iMICROSCOPE
    Charging cable
    App i-Seeing
    2 μRuler (M and Q)
    User Manual

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 50 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 165 or more About $127

    iMICROSCOPE Early Bird

    ~132$
    Congrats, you get an iMICROSCOPE as early bird.

    Includes:
    iMICROSCOPE
    Charging cable
    App i-Seeing
    2 μRuler (M and Q)
    User Manual

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 19 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 175 or more About $134

    iMICROSCOPE KS offer

    ~140$
    Congrats, you get an iMICROSCOPE with KS offer

    Includes:
    iMICROSCOPE
    Charging cable
    App i-Seeing
    2 μRuler (M and Q)
    User Manual

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (42 days)