Thin lenses convert your mobile into digital microscope
London, May 21 (IANS) A European company has developed a set of thin, stick-on lenses that can turn your mobile phone into a portable, digital microscope, a media report said.
The BLIPS lenses, which come in a pack for both micro and macro shots, come with reusable adhesive, and are slim enough (between 0.5 mm and 1.2 mms thick) to fit into your wallet, technology website The Verge reported on Friday.
According to BLIPS’ creators SmartMicroOptics, the lenses were developed in the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genoa, Italy.
The exact amount of magnification depends on the smartphone, but with the right digital zoom it’s possible to magnify images up to 100 times, the company added.
The lenses are available on Kickstarter — an American public-benefit corporation based in New York which has built a global crowdfunding platform focused on creativity.
According to SmartMicroOptics, BLIPS lenses can be used by hobbyists as well as professionals.
Jacket by Levi’s, Google lets you control smartphones
New York, May 21 (IANS) Google and denim jeans company Levi’s have developed a new jacket that lets users interact with their smartphones by swiping at the garment in various ways, a media report said.
Called the ‘Commuter Trucker Jacket’, the garment is aimed at cyclists who may be too busy riding and concentrating on their surroundings to reach into their pockets and fiddle with their phones, Forbes reported on Friday citing Paul Dillinger, company head of global product innovation.
The jacket is apparently waterproof – except for a detachable electronic smart tag that activates a wireless connection between the clothing and a mobile device.
“If you get this thing dirty, you put it in the washing machine,” said Dillinger during Google’s annual developer conference in Mountain View, California, this week.
The garment is powered by Google’s Project Jacquard technology developed by the internet giant’s Advanced Technology and Projects Group.