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Thimble microscope system
Author(s): Tahseen Kamal; Jaden Rubinstein; Rachel Watkins; Zijian Cen; Gary Kong; W. M. Lee
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Paper Abstract

Wearable computing devices, e.g. Google Glass, Smart watch, embodies the new human design frontier, where technology interfaces seamlessly with human gestures. During examination of any subject in the field (clinic, surgery, agriculture, field survey, water collection), our sensory peripherals (touch and vision) often go hand-in-hand. The sensitivity and maneuverability of the human fingers are guided with tight distribution of biological nerve cells, which perform fine motor manipulation over a range of complex surfaces that is often out of sight. Our sight (or naked vision), on the other hand, is generally restricted to line of sight that is ill-suited to view around corner. Hence, conventional imaging methods are often resort to complex light guide designs (periscope, endoscopes etc) to navigate over obstructed surfaces. Using modular design strategies, we constructed a prototype miniature microscope system that is incorporated onto a wearable fixture (thimble). This unique platform allows users to maneuver around a sample and take high resolution microscopic images. In this paper, we provide an exposition of methods to achieve a thimble microscopy; microscope lens fabrication, thimble design, integration of miniature camera and liquid crystal display.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 December 2016
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 10013, SPIE BioPhotonics Australasia, 1001322 (9 December 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2242949
Show Author Affiliations
Tahseen Kamal, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Jaden Rubinstein, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Rachel Watkins, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Zijian Cen, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Gary Kong, Plant Biosecurity CRC (Australia)
W. M. Lee, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10013:
SPIE BioPhotonics Australasia
Mark R. Hutchinson; Ewa M. Goldys, Editor(s)

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