The microscope is an instrument used for looking at micro particles which are not visible to human eye. It allows a scientist or doctor to magnify an object in detail. It is one of the most important tools used in chemistry and biology. There are many types of microscopes, and they may be grouped in different ways, allowing different levels of magnification and producing different types of images. Some of the most advanced microscopes can even see atoms. A Microscope is heavy and a struggle to maintain. It is also a very costly device to afford by many people.

Foldscope was invented by Manu Prakash and Jim Cybulski a Ph.D. student in Manu’s laboratory at Stanford University. As traditional microscopes are often expensive or bulky, they realized the universal scale of this problem and the need for a low-cost, revolutionary solution. What began as a simple idea has now grown into a company that provides powerful low-cost tools to communities around the world. They believe that the most important part of their company is not the tools themselves, but the communities that use them. Through the production of low-cost tools, they aim to break down the price barrier between people & the curiosity and excitement of scientific exploration. Foldscope was created with a vision to solve an accessibility problem in science. They have shipped foldscopes to people in more than 130 countries like Iran, Indonesia, India, China, Russia, etc. It is an effort to help advance education, health, and opportunity.

About the Product:

Paper is a brilliant and versatile material, as it is not only very inexpensive but also gives rise to precision when it is folded into specific configurations. Foldscope is an ultra-affordable, paper microscope. Designed to be extremely portable, durable, and to give optical quality similar to conventional research microscopes (magnification of 140X and 2-micron resolution)

The foldscope comes in two different varieties;

  1. Deluxe Individual Kits
  2. Classroom Kits

Most of the Foldscope experience can be achieved through this kit. Deluxe Individual Kits provide everything, including tools for collecting samples, preparing slides, advanced microscopy techniques, etc.

It’s the most economical option. It is designed to provide large numbers of Foldscopes at the lowest cost, Classroom Kits are ideal for educators and projects. It also helps with video tutorials of how to assemble it and use it.

Looking to the future, they believe that access to science, and science education, is a human right. A dream of a world where every child carries a microscope in their pocket. By purchasing their products, you directly support their mission and enable them to bring Foldscope to communities that often do not have the means to engage in science.

Let us know what do you think about this amazing and creative way for every individual to get access in the field of Science and technology.

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Editor: Shiwani Nagrale