The ioLight inverted microscope is a cost-effective and compact laboratory tool that is simple to use. Through a simple Wi-Fi connection, the inverted microscope enables images to be stored on a tablet, mobile phone, or laptop and then be shared instantly with collaborators anywhere. The inverted microscope uses both brightfield and darkfield illumination. Brightfield mode illuminates high-contrast samples from above, displaying them against a bright background. Darkfield mode illuminates lower contrast or even transparent samples with scattered light, highlighting them against a dark background. This allows a wide range of samples to be imaged. Because the inverted microscope accommodates a Petri dish, observation of cells and organisms can be achieved using standard laboratory procedures rather than having to prepare a slide sample.