Engineering Minute

Engineering Minute – Lense-Free Microscope

Meet the lense-free microcope: FlatScope

Engineers at Rice University have created a fluorescent microscope that does not rely on a lense to determine it's resolution. The device, named FlatScope, is the world tiniest and lightest microscope with a width thinner than a credit card and small enough to sit on your fingertip. Instead of using a lense, the FlatScope uses complementary metal-oxide-semicondor (CMOS) chips to capture light that comes through an amplitude mask and translates in into data. The data is then sent to a computer that uses a complex algorithm to create crisp, high quality 3D images. Read more about the FlatScope at Rice University and see how it works below.

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