Wednesday, July 10, 2013

MicroMax LED Pocket Microscope… It Magnifies 100X and Works with Your iPhone

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I was nosing around one of my favorite sites for geeky gear, Thinkgeek.com and I came across this pretty cool little device.
 
I don't have any experience with it, but I thought I'd make a post about it as it seems like a pretty interesting device… and I *love* the price.
 
The photos above show the MicroMax LED Pocket 100x Microscope for iPhone (quite the name, I know).  But I'm intrigued by this little device as a way to get photos out quick and easily during those moments when you need to magnify something and then have it digital.
 
I truly *love* the intraoral cameras in my practice.  We have one in each treatment area and we reach for them multiple times a day.  They magnify about 30x and allow us to show things to patients that they've never seen before.
 
If you're in dentistry and you've never used the camera to look at every day objects, you're really missing out.  Take a look at the intricacy of a dollar bill sometime… or better yet a $100 dollar bill and you'll see what I'm talking about.
 
However, with those devices you're limited to a computer, but with the MicroMax LED Pocket Microscope you're only limited by what you look at with it.  I can see some dental applications for, perhaps, sending images of a crown margin on the die to a lab or maybe taking pics of an impression that you'd like someone to take a look at.  Of course, you can do that with the intraoral camera, but e-mailing the pics is more difficult if you don't have everything configured correctly.
 
Yet, where I think this could really shine would be in everyday use of just exploring things and teaching your children.  Imaging finding a dead bug in the windowsill at home and being able to show your kids what it looks like magnified 100x.  Cool?  You bet!
 
As I said above, I'm also impressed with the price.  The little gadget is only $19.95!  For that price, it's almost an impulse item.
 
To restate, I don't have any experience with it, but it sure looks cool.  
 

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