Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Olympus Enhances Science with Digital Microscope. (News)

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Olympus Enhances Science with Digital Microscope. (News)

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In what could lead the way for digital microscopes in the classroom, Olympus America Inc. has introduced the MIC-D, a unique digital microscope that enables an entire class to see a magnified image simultaneously. This is possible because the MIC-D doesn't have the eyepieces of a traditional microscope for viewing. Instead, it hooks directly into a PC via a USB-cable connection to produce live, full-color 310,000-pixel (640 x 480) images for viewing on a monitor or large projection screen. These images are produced from a CMOS digital camera that sends digital images directly to the computer. In addition, the MIC-D comes with software that allows the user to instantly capture, save, modify and e-mail images taken from the microscope. This software also provides the ability to make digital real-time or time-lapse AVI movies.

What makes the MIC-D so unique is its inverted design, which has the lens looking up at the stage of the microscope instead of down on the specimen. …

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