Science for all with portable, origami paper microscope

Science for all with portable, origami paper microscope

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Designed and released in 2014, the Foldscope microscope was tested by 50,000 users in 135 countries. Springwise covered the launch of the beta project which was so successful that the co-creators set up Foldscope Instruments to further worldwide distribution and develop additional instruments. Co-invented by a Stanford PhD student in PrakashLab, the variety of uses of the paper microscope and amount of feedback provided by testers was phenomenal. Beta testers contributed to the creation of the Microcosmos, the Foldscope online social community dedicated to sharing knowledge, enthusiasm for science and curiosity about the world.

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