Microchip microscope
July 29, 2008 2:04 PM   Subscribe

Researchers working on optofluidic microscopy at the California Institute of Technology have developed a minuscule microscope that works without lenses.... (via)

"Developing optofluidic technology through the fusion of microfluidics and optics"[pdf]
posted by Kronos_to_Earth (5 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Oh. It basically senses the shadow. I've read about doing something similar with webcam sensors.
posted by Pronoiac at 2:48 PM on July 29, 2008

Also, it's not related to liquid lenses.
posted by Pronoiac at 2:52 PM on July 29, 2008

I was just going to comment on Pronoiac's liquid lens technology. I have a feeling that in the not to distant future, the idea of a nontraditional lens assembly is going to massively change the way we treat photography both at the macro and micro levels.
posted by quin at 2:59 PM on July 29, 2008

That's really neat! The fact that it can mass-produced cheaply and used in parallel is very exciting.
posted by greatgefilte at 3:39 PM on July 29, 2008

Oh, & x-rays are pretty similar: you position the film & then a source of illumination.
posted by Pronoiac at 12:34 PM on August 5, 2008

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