phone-microscopeA camera phone is a useful tool to have, the thing is, most camera phones might have been developed to work pretty well for ordinary shots, and even some scenic captures. However, when it comes to close ups, a camera phone is not exactly the best kind of device for you to use. It does seem that this particular school of thought might change soon, as a professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aydogan Ozcan, has worked alongside a team of researchers to successfully develop an imaging device that is said to be so sensitive, it is capable of detecting sub-wavelength objects – where among them include both bacteria and viruses.

This particular device is not branded, and neither is it named, making it more similar to a microscope compared to a camera with the ability to view objects which are one-thousandth of the width of a human hair. The kicker? It can be done via a smartphone, not too shabby, eh? In order to test out this device, the research team confirmed that the images it captured with those that were captured using a scanning electron microscope and a photon-counting confocal microscope, and the results were pretty remarkable!

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