Muscope, World’s Smallest Microscope
Researchers at IIT Hyderabad have developed Muscope, the world’s smallest microscope. It only uses a few off-the-shelf electronic chips, namely an image sensor and a microLED display, making it ideal for automated assembly and operation with potential for further scaling down. The researchers used a micro- LED display to remove the bulk associated with the light source and at the same time to provide capabilities for computational imaging. The display consists of micronsized LED emitters arranged on a rectangular array. The micro-LEDs can be individually switched on, and they are very bright. These unique features of the micro-LEDs allow good quality imaging in restricted space. This new invention will positively impact many areas, especially, healthcare and life sciences research.