Who knew! A single sheet of paper and a couple of ball lenses is all you need to make a microscope that can magnify samples up to 2000 times. It's not the sparkly innovations we put up on the science pedestals. No, it's been right under your nose... all this time.
Large scale production, extremely low cost, simple design, and super robust. This origami microscope is everything you want in a frugal design. It's affordable, accessible, durable, and inclusive. This is brilliant!
A no-tech solution that is easily adaptable to the local context. The extremely low cost makes the "device" playful as people would be able to experiment without constraints or significant cost. Ultimately, the impact of the application of this origami microscope as a diagnostic tool for disease is limitless. I can't wait to see what people come up with!
“Although it costs less than a dollar in parts, it can provide over 2,000X magnification with submicron resolution, weighs less than two nickels, is small enough to fit in a pocket, requires no external power, and can survive being dropped from a 3-story building or stepped on by a person,”