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DIY – Webcam Microscope

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The use of digital cameras webcam for Digital Microscope, first developed by Hackteria, an art project that focuses on the biology and is Open Source. Hackteria itself was developed with collaboration between Marc Dusseiller, Andy Gracie, Urs Gaudenz, Antony Hall and Yashas Shetty. Creative ideas in webcam hack itself comes from Urs Gaudenz. Its use is very simple, namely by turning on the webcam lens is easily available in the market so as to get the magnification power of the lens. In 2009, Marc Dusseiller give a special workshop on the use of the webcam to students in the Laboratory of Microbiology, Faculty of Agriculture, Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta. I were joining that workshop and learning the methodes to made a webcam microscope.

DIY – Webcam Microscope developments: 2010 – 2012

In 2010, I continue the microscopy project in the laboratory and start to assembly a new prototype using analog microscope body construction that has been damaged. The body construction provides accurate precision in the mobilization of the lens and the object of observation. This function accommodates lack obtained from the prototype experiments. After going through the re-assembly, I provide a DIY Webcam Microscope for use in the Laboratory of Microbiology, Faculty of Agriculture UGM.


DIY – Webcam Microscope Workshops: 2010 – 2012

On September 30, 2010 I start to bring the webcam microscope out of the laboratory through several worksop. The first workshop I carried ot were at Imogiri Senior High School, after that, i did several workshop at kindergarten, elementary school, junior high school and senior high school, until now. The aim of the workshop were to show them the basic principle of microscopy, and to encourage them that there is always a way in every limitation, if you coluld not buy one, so lets try to build one. The price of confentional microscope were quite expensive in here.


DIY – Webcam Microscope Kit (MICAM v.02): 2013

Recently (2013), I designed a cheap microscopy stage kit to made the webcam microscope more available to the students. The kits were made from 3mm acrylic sheet and cost less than Rp 100.000.  As now there were many lasser cut service available in this city, the kits is very easy to build.

MICAM v.03: Webcam Miniscope (2013)


Mobile phone LCD screen captured using MICAM v.03


Microscope webcam developments (2010-2013)


One Response to “DIY – Webcam Microscope”

  1. Mas Akbar,
    Ajari aku dwong bikin digital mikroskop
    WhatsApp aku 08119303501

    Posted by Anas Koeswantoro | April 14, 2015, 12:27 am

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