Microscope smartphone lens: Cheap add-on for iPhone and Samsung (VIDEO).

The Cheap Lens That Transforms Your Smartphone Into a Microscope (Video)

The Cheap Lens That Transforms Your Smartphone Into a Microscope (Video)

Slate in motion.
May 8 2015 11:24 AM

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The cheap lens that transforms your smartphone into a microscope.

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University of Houston researchers created a soft, flexible lens using polydimethylsiloxane that can attach directly to a phone’s camera lens, amplifying images by a magnitude of 120. And it only costs 3 cents a pop to produce.

Update, May 10, 2015: The len's creators have shut down their Kickstarter campaign, ending an effort to produce the lens commercially.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.