Deluxe Individual Kits provide a user with a Foldscope and everything they need to start exploring (cell separation tools, microfluidics tools, and dark field and phase contrast modules). The proceeds of this kit directly subsidize the classroom kits!
Classroom Kits are designed for educators, humanitarian projects, and causes looking to cater to large groups of explorers. These kits are supplied with a basic set of accessories that are to be shared among a group of users.
No, basic units can only be purchased as part of Classroom Kits. These kits may also not be bought for the purpose of selling off the individual basic units. Classroom kits are subsidized by sales of the Deluxe Individual kits which allows us to keep the prices of these kits very low.
Classroom kits are reserved for educational or community groups. Please get in touch via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are from such an institution and would like to purchase Foldscopes for group use.
Foldscope is designed to be an independent instrument and does not require a cellphone to use. However, Foldscopes work fantastically when coupled to phones/ iPads/ recording devices.
Foldscope has been enjoyed by users across all ages! We suggest 8 years and up, but anyone with a passion for science (and supervision for younger explorers) can use Foldscope.
Accessories come with the Deluxe Kits. The Club Classroom Kit comes with 20 sets of accessories for 100 Foldscopes. We plan to offer accessory packs in the future.
Currently, Foldscope uses a 2.38 mm borosilicate glass lens, which provides 140× magnification and 2 μm resolution. This is sufficient to distinguish between red blood cells and even watch live bacteria.
Foldscope can be used to observe biological samples like bacteria, copepods, tardigrades, tetrahymena, diatoms, rotifers, nematodes, spider eggs, ants, vorticella, mites, daphnia...pretty much anything you can stick on a slide. Foldscope can also allow the observation of nonbiological samples, such as particulates detrimental to air quality, or the microscopic crystalline differences between real and fake medications. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!