ioLight portable microscope vs laboratory microscope shootout

Has the ioLight pocket microscope met its match with the laboratory microscope?

At ioLight we claim that our digital microscope is “comparable” with a laboratory microscope. What does that mean?

The Quekett Microscopical Club’s invited ioLight to it’s annual exhibition at London’s Natural History Museum. The catch? A direct head to head comparison with a professional grade laboratory microscope!

We admit to being rather nervous about the shootout. The laboratory microscope in question is a real beauty: Alan Wood’s trinocular Olympus CH-2 with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera. Alan turned up with several large cases and camera bags. We thought of challenging him to a race on public transport to Kew Gardens, but that would have been unfair! Mike Smith made six microscope slides in three sets of almost identical pairs for us to compare on the two microscopes.

Alan confidently turned away leaving us nervously placing Mike’s immaculately mounted slides onto the stages of the two microscopes. So how did we get on?

Well on size, weight, price and convenience the ioLight pocket microscope wins easily.

On image quality, we have to admit that the images from Alan’s Olympus are beautiful. They show great colour fidelity, evenness of illumination and flatness of field.

So we are happy with our claim that images from the ioLight portable microscope are “comparable” with those from the laboratory microscope.

ioLight Daffodil Ovary compared with Laboratory microscope

ioLight image of a daffodil ovary stained with astra blue and safranin

 

Laboratory microscope image of a daffodil ovary stained with astra blue and safranin

Olympus image of a daffodil ovary stained with astra blue and safranin

Both images are edited on Photoshop elements. You can see the originals and Alan’s http://www.quekett.org/about/reports/2016-exhibition-public#iolight.

We are hugely grateful to Alan Wood, Mike Smith and the Quekett Microscopical Club for making us so welcome and for their hard work and experimental method in setting up this test.

Thank you.

ioLight microscope live in Manchester on 21st and 22nd January

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.

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.

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.

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.

ioLight X The Big Innovation Centre

The Big Innovation Centre exists to help businesses, public agencies and universities put their open innovation principles into practice. This Wednesday 16th September, ioLight and The Big Innovation Centre are teaming up to bring you an exclusive open day designed to give you an insight into the world of ioLight and mobile microscopy innovation.

Hosted by ioLight’s Andrew Monk and Richard Williams, the event promises to be a unique opportunity to meet the faces behind the design, see the ioLight microscope in action and ask the founders any questions you have about ioLight and our magnificent mobile microscope.

Space at the event is limited, so please contact us at info@iolight.co.uk to book your place at one of the three sessions. Details of timings and location can be found below or over at the ioLight website. We look forward to meeting you.

Team ioLight

 

Event schedule:

10:30
12:30 (simple lunch provided)
15:00

Address:

The Big Innovation Centre
Ergon House
4th floor
Horseferry Road
London
SW1P 2AL

(The venue is next to Lambeth Bridge, just 10 minutes walk from Parliament Square)