Crowdcube #FundedClub Member ioLight to Demonstrate Mobile Microscope at Museum of Science & Industry

On Monday, Crowdcube alum and #FundedClub member ioLight announced that it will be demonstrating its Magnificent Mobile Microscope at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on January 21st and 22nd.

IolightAs previously reported, ioLight took to Crowdcube in September for the microscope and surpassed its initial £150,000 and achieved£242,180 from goal thanks to nearly 250 investors. The device is considered to be among the first of its kind in the UK and delivers a resolution of better than 1μm, patent pending, according to the campaign page. Potential markets including schools, labs and universities, and investment is now needed to scale up manufacturing in order to take the product to market.

In a blog post, the ioLight team shared:

“ioLight has been invited by the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester this week on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd January to demonstrate our Magnificent Mobile Microscope.


iolight image“The two days are targeted at school visits and we are looking forward to seeing our latest prototypes in the hands of young scientists visiting the museum. The museum is also open to the public and we would very much welcome visits from other friends of the company. Come and see amazing images like this beautiful lacewing and live videos of protozoa and algae too.”

The company also revealed:

Andrew Monk and Richard Williams“ioLight has filed a patent application for the world’s first truly portable high resolution microscope. It displays clear images and videos of individual cells and other subjects onto the screen of an iPad – so no more squinting through eyepieces at a blurry mess. Instead we will show you how the instrument resolves details just 1 micron across – that’s a thousandth of a millimetre! Images and videos can be shared from the iPad using social media or pasted into reports, homework or Nobel Prize winning research reports.


“The ioLight microscope will be on sale to science labs and museums later this year and then we will work on a low-cost version for schools and families.

The team then added:

iolight“This is the first time that we have had microscopes that look like the production units that we will launch later this year. It is also the first time that we will be demonstrating wireless connection and image capture on an iPad.

“We look forward to meeting you and showing you our progress. It would be helpful if you could let us know you are coming, so we can make sure that we are available.”




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