Carson Intermediate 100x-1000x Compound Microscope
Oscium iMSO-204L, 2 Analog + 4 Digital, 50 MSPS Oscilloscope
Seek UW-AAA Thermal Imaging Camera
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.
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).
If 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.
If 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
Other 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