It turns out smartphone microscopes aren’t just for looking at puddle water. Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory created a 3D printed microscope that clips on to your phone and costs a few cents to create. Applying this technology to smartphones or tablets gives people from first responders to children access to microscopes.
This is the beauty of the technological and manufacturing age we live in today. As more people have access to things like 3D printers and smartphones, we allow for fields of technology, engineering, and science to be opened up to a broader range of people.
When we put the tools in people’s hands to inspire creativity and innovation, naturally, more brains, more ideas, more solutions will begin to appear.