It seems like these days you can get software or hardware for just about any task. This Carson Intermediate 100x-1000x
Compound Microscope with Universal Smartphone Optics Digiscoping Adapter is a prime example of that which I
write. This would be a great addition to your lab or hobby bench to assist during assembling or reworking PCBs with
fly spec size components as well as for inspection during troubleshooting or even quality control for small scale
manufacturing operations. It would also be an inspirational tool for a student. There are both lesser and greater
models of this microscope offered by Carson and other manufacturers. Prices are amazingly low.
Carson Intermediate 100x-1000x Compound Microscope
With all the USB-based test instruments available for electrical test, it is no wonder that we are now seeing
things like this plug-in oscilloscope for smartphones. The Oscium iMSO-204L oscilloscope sports 2, 8-bit analog
channels and the 4, 4-bit digital channels. Analog bandwidth is 5 MHz, with 50 MSPS and a sample depth of 1,000
points. 2 each 1x and 10x analog probes are included as are 5 kwik-clips for digital connections (one for ground).
Oscium iMSO-204L, 2 Analog + 4 Digital, 50 MSPS Oscilloscope
4 digital channels are not enough, there is a 16-channel version available as well. The Oscium LogiScope, 16 Channel,
Protocol Decoding, 100 MHz Logic Analyzer for the iPad works with 2.0 V, 2.5 V, 3.3 V, and 5.0 V
systems. Record length is 1,000 samples. Oscium makes other instruments as well, including an ISM band
spectrum analyzer and power meter.
you don't need the formality and precision of a fixed-base microscope, there are
clip-on macro lenses available at a lower price. Some kits include a tabletop tripod to help mitigate the blurring
effects of too much coffee when held by hand. Be sure to heed warnings of owner reviews since lens quality and ruggedness
of attachment mechanisms can profoundly affect usefulness.
Thermal imaging is extremely useful when diagnosing intermittent failures in circuit assemblies, as well as during
the design and prototype phase when determining whether temperatures of components are within the manufacturers'
specifications, which ultimately affects reliability. This
thermal imaging camera and included software app from Seek plugs into the miniUSB port, thereby turning your
smartphone into an infrared camera. It detects a temperature range of -40 to +626 °F (-40 to +330 °C).
You can also use it as a heat-sensing motion detector to automatically trigger other events on the phone, like snapping
a picture of the subject or event causing the alert.
Seek UW-AAA Thermal Imaging Camera
scientific instrument attachments and accessories for smartphones include the
Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor for Apple and Android. The included phone app stores all readings,
syncs with Withings Health Cloud, & displays an easy to understand chart. Visualize stats on your iPhone, iPod
touch, or Android device, as well as on your online dashboard.
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Posted September 2, 2015