USB Microscope for the Visually Impaired

I attended college at the University of Louisville and one of my most interesting times was when I had to take a lab to complete a science credit. Me, being the science fiction fan that I am, chose astronomy as my science class because I thought I knew a little about the subject and maybe it would get me away from the science labs all together.

When that didn't happen, I realized that I was going to be in some trouble when our book said that we had to use microscopes and write papers on what we saw. Well, I had some usable vision at that time, but not enough to see through a microscope.

Luckily, they partnered me with another student who had sight, so he looked and I wrote. Things could have been a little easier if the USB Microscope had been around. I could see computer screens back then and could have helped him do some of the looking.

This computer microscope allows you to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary for hours of fun and learning. View specimens collected around the house, backyard, your desk, or the fridge. Look at the micro-printing on a dollar bill or examine the traces on your motherboard. This microscope provides you an easy way to zoom in on a wide variety of objects to satisfy your curiosity of the world around you. Ever wondered what lint looks like or the mold growing on your week-old bagels? Now you can find out.

Simple plug and play operation with included software that allows you to magnify objects and view them on your PC up to 200X and take snapshots and time-lapse movies. You can also manipulate images with drawing and painting tools.

Now, here's the cool thing for visually impaired folks. The QX5 microscope is detachable from the stand to allow you to get closer to large objects. What things could you look at with this? I know there's a few of you right now that are thinking of ways to use this that were never thought of by the manufacturer.

The USB Microscope QX5 has these great features:

  • Take snapshots, video, and time-lapse movies
  • 3 magnification levels - 10X, 60X, and 200X
  • Super-brite LED lighting for bright top and bottom illumination
  • Video playback at 15 frames/sec
  • Resolution of 640x480
  • Software works with Windows 98, Me, 2000, XP
  • Handheld mode allows for expanded viewing possibilities
  • Comes with: Microscope, USB cable, Stand, Specimen Jars, Sample Slide, Tweezers, Eye Dropper, Slide Clip, and Software CD-ROM

Teachers of the visually impaired take note. This thing could be perfect for your lab or computer workshop. Have you ever had students who simply couldn't see through a regular microscope? Use this in combination with Zoomtext or another screen magnification program to further increase the size of what the student can see. Imagine showing them a circuit board up close, much closer than you can get with a normal CCTV.

Teachers of sighted children could also use this in combination with a projector to show something to the entire class. The possibilities are endless with a little imagination.

Click this link to purchase the USB Microscope from Think Geek.

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