SPIE Member Aydogan Ozcan, using software that he developed and about $10 worth of off-the-shelf hardware, has adapted cellphones to substitute for microscopes.
Ozcan, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and member of the California NanoSystems Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, created the devices. In one prototype, a slide holding a finger prick of blood can be inserted over the phone's camera sensor. The sensor detects the slide's contents and sends the information wirelessly to a hospital.
Ozcan is a member of the program committee for the conference on Optical Components and Materials at SPIE Photonics West 2010 in San Francisco; and also of the conference on Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications at SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing 2010 in Orlando, Florida.
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