ioLight joins the Royal Veterinary College in CSI investigation

Royal Veterinary College calls ioLight for back up in CSI probe

ioLight has pleasure in inviting you to the Royal Institution, London, on Wednesday 11th October to see the Royal Veterinary College’s evening of Animal CSI: What, how, when?

pocket microscope

ioLight pocket microscope

The world renowned Royal Veterinary College will be using the ioLight microscope to help present the fascinating story of veterinary pathology.

Dive into the world of veterinary pathology for an evening of mystery and intrigue, including a live-streamed dissection from the Royal Veterinary College’s laboratory and hands-on experiments and activities. Please note that due to the graphic nature of dissection, this event is suggested for ages 16+.

ioLight’s Co-Founder Richard Williams will be there to demonstrate the microscope. We would like to thank The Royal Institution and the Royal Veterinary College for the opportunity to present our microscope at this wonderful event.

The ioLight portable microscope has a similar resolution to lab microscopes, but it folds to fit in a jacket pocket or vet’s bag. Beautiful 1 micron resolution images and HD videos appear on your tablet or phone for simple sharing to the evidence dossier. At last vets and CSI forensic agents can carry out their work in the field rather than waste time and risk contaminating evidence by taking it back to the lab. The microscope is also perfect for teaching and outreach because everybody sees the same image on the screen, which gets discussions going. The ioLight microscope is now compatible with iOS and Android devices, so it is ready to get to the truth anywhere.

Friends of ioLight can find full details and get a 30% discount on ticket prices using the discount code ROYALVETCOLLEGE at Eventbrite. We look forward to seeing you this Wednesday evening.

 

Win a pair of complimentary passes to New Scientist Live

Hopefully by now you know that ioLight is on stand 607 at the greatest festival of ideas in the known universe! New Scientist Live takes place from Thursday 28th September to Sunday 1st October at ExCel in London docklands.

But how do you get free tickets for New Scientist Live?

Simple! All you have to do is to identify the household object below. To make it even easier, we have given you two pictures. They are both taken on ioLight’s new 2mm field of view portable microscope, which we are launching at the show.

The ioLight microscope is the world’s first lab quality portable digital microscope that fits in your pocket. The high resolution 1mm version has a resolution of 1 micron, that’s enough to display animal and plant cells clearly on the screen of your tablet. The tablet display means that everyone sees the same picture, so it’s great for education and training, and you can share your images and videos in a couple of clicks. At last scientists, engineers, educators and vets can analyse samples anywhere, without going back to the lab.

The new 2mm version has a wider field of view, which is ideal for cell counting applications and makes it even easier to use.

See the new 2mm microscope at New Scientist Live.

Win free passes to New Scientist Live

Win Free tickets to New Scientist Live

What is this? Answers on ioLight’s Facebook page.

To enter, simply go to ioLight’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/iolightmicro and post your answer. Don’t forget to Like our page as well.

Not so easy perhaps?

If  you are struggling to identify the image, you can still book tickets at https://live.newscientist.com/buy-tickets and use discount code EXHIBITOR10 to receive a 10% discount on any ticket.

We look forward to seeing you at New Scientist Live on stand 607.

Good luck!

Andrew

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)