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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 29 2015
Wei-Chuan ShihBy Wei-Chuan Shih
First created
Wei-Chuan ShihBy Wei-Chuan Shih
First created
$18,829
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
705
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 29 2015

About

To our dear backers,

We deeply apologize for needing to cancel our fundraising campaign. Our manufacturing facility tentatively set up in a garage in Meyerland (Houston, Texas) bore the brunt of the recent historic flooding in Texas after Memorial Day. News link HERE.

We have no more inventory of the lenses, and after surveying the situation for a few days, we conclude that we will not be able to return to our original production speed within a few months. We feel that it is dishonest to hold on to your pledges being unsure when we can fulfill them. We would like to thank you for your interest and support in Dotlens, and we will let you know when we are coming back.

We are sorry.

Best Regards,

The Dotlens Team

Introducing Dotlens: the smartphone microscope lens!

See things down to 1/10th the width of your hair with our 15x lens. To get started, simply put dotlens in front of your smartphone camera. No glue, no attachments, no hassles.

Nature has prepared countless things for you to explore! Whether you are a student, researcher, or teacher, you will be amazed at what your phone can do!

What’s so special?

Dotlens:

  • Works by attaching to the smartphone camera lens directly, no barrels, clips, attachments, just an elegantly designed lens.
  • Has an identical optical power as professional microscope lenses that cost ten to a hundred times more.
  • Is easy to remove without residue.
  • Is compatible with almost all smartphones and tablets.
  • Use, and re-use, the adhesive does not weaken with time! 

Instructions

Funding Goal

We want to excite people about the microscopic world around us! Especially students who may have a desire to continue in the field of science, technology, engineering, and medicine. Your contributions will enable us to purchase automatic printing equipment in order to batch manufacture for more students in the future.

Timeline

Meet our team

WEI-CHUAN SHIH, PH.D. is an Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Chemistry at University of Houston.

JENN JEANG graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelors degree in Biochemistry. He is the primary fabricator of the lenses. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering at the Texas Medical Center.  

CLOUD LEE graduated from the University of Houston with a masters degree in materials engineering. He is currently pioneering the work of distributing these lenses to schools in Taiwan in collaboration with the local Ministry of Education.

YULU SUNG is a graduate student from the University of Houston electrical engineering department. He was awarded the ‘Innovative biomedical application award’ for 2013 and 2014 for his work on miniature diagnostic systems.

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    Ten x15 smartphone microscope lenses.

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    Twenty x15 smartphone microscope lenses for you.
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    You will get everything from the $100 pledge reward. We will also invite you to come to Houston, Texas to meet the inventors of the inkjet lens printing technology, have a meal together, and teach you to make a batch of your own lenses!
    (Please arrange your own transportation and accommodation)

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Funding period

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