Convert Your Smartphone Camera Into A Microscope With 12 Dollars!

iphone microscope

Micro Phone Lens-2Another addition to the world of smart phones is the Micro Phone Lens that can turn almost any cell phone, Android or iPhone into a powerful microscope.

The creator, Thomas Larson from Seattle, is a graduate of the University of Washington, BS Mechanical Engineering ’13 with specialization in Mechatronics. He began working on the Micro Phone Lens in early 2012, in the Cell Biomechanics Lab under Prof. Nathan Sniadecki. He further developed the Lens with team “Cell Focus” and they came in the top 16 of the University of Washington Business Plan Competition. Upon graduation, he received the UW Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Research Award for his work.

Being compact in design and durable, with no moving parts; the Micro Phone Lens works with almost any Cell Phone or Tablet. It can be used in three simple steps, sticking to the device camera lens, focusing the image and capturing the miniatures!

Micro Phone Lens-3It has various distinct properties that make it an astounding invention. Optical similarity to glass, scratch-free lens, great adherence properties, washable and ultra-small to be carried anywhere and also having the patent pending platinum catalyzed silicone technology making the lens ultra compact. The technical specifications of this invention are as follows:
Base magnification: 15X
Max magnification: 60x with phone zoom
Minimum recommended camera: 5 megapixels
Product diameter: 1/4” (approx. 6 mm).

Micro Phone Lens-4To make the lens public, Larson is waiting for grants; according to him, “ Other than some unforeseeable disaster, the biggest risk is if this project doesn’t get funded.” He adds,  “To complete this project I will be scaling up and improving the manufacturing techniques used to make the prototypes. I’d love to fill this section up with pictures and schematics of the manufacturing process, but I’ve been advised against it for intellectual property reasons.”

He further plans on manufacturing each lens in his home based lab to have complete control over the production and quality of the product.

Micro Phone Lens-1In future, he aims to make a 150X version of this Lens. He feels that such an addition to the world of science would have enormous implications for health and disease preclusion in the developing world.

Gift a Micro Phone Lens to your friends & family and spark a new kind of backyard exploration!


  1. Ben Brown Reply

    I am trying to help my Dad with Macular Degeneration in both eyes. I would like to
    work with you and my Dad to develop a version of this for the visually impaired.
    Hope to hear from you.
    Loveland Colorardo

  2. Ryan Reply

    This would be an outstanding tool for my line of work where counting microscopic animals is a daily task. Please keep me informed

  3. vanessa Reply

    its not available yet, they’re still in the process of finishing it, collecting the rest of the funding needed so they can manufacture it on a broad spectrum.

  4. Evgeny Reply

    it’s amazing… In Russia will be popular…
    How to buy this? Sent me an e-mail

  5. husnain khalid Reply

    how to purchase this and what are the requirements for its utilization.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *