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October 01, 2013 (Vol. 33, No. 17)

Smart Microscope

  • Very high-resolution images
  • Limited number of secimens
Platform: iPad/iPhone  
Cost: $2.99

Now this would be a smart addition to your app repertoire… The Smart Microscope app allows users to explore a variety of miniscule biological specimens via their iPads or iPhones. The microscopic slides to be viewed are divided into six categories: featured, humans/mammals, insects/spiders, other animals, plants/fungi, and single-celled organisms. The specimen images themselves are very high-resolution, allowing one to really get close with one’s “microscope” and observe the fine details of the hind leg of a bee or the body of a bed bug. Some of the slides take a moment to load, but the delay is not bad given the resolution of the images. Each slide is annotated with pins (that can be toggled on/off) that, upon clicking, display brief descriptions of the body part or feature to which the pin was pointing.

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