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November 15, 2010 Hannah Lou

Global Scope Generates Buzz at UCLA Hammer Museum

Hammer Museum

D-Rev recently took prototypes of the Global Scope, an affordable, high optical fidelity microscope for disease diagnostics in the developing world, to attend the Enormous Microscopic Evening at UCLA’s Hammer Museum, where over 200 people stopped by for a look and to learn about the project.

Many infectious diseases prevalent in the developing world, including malaria and tuberculosis, are difficult to diagnose based on symptoms alone, but they can be accurately detected using microscopy. However, the expense, size, and fragility of optical microscopes impede their widespread use in resource-limited settings. The Global Scope, as a compact, solar-rechargeable device that combines high-resolution imaging, extreme affordability, and long-term durability, is built for such environments.

D-Rev’s presentation was enthusiastically received by event attendees. “People were blown away by the possibilities and promise of the Global Scope,” Phil Roth, director of CRITTER, a San Francisco-based salon for the natural sciences, said. “My friends from the Exploratorium were incredibly excited to see what you are doing.” The Enormous Microscopic Evening was held on November 6 th to “celebrate and demonstrate the range of equipment people are using to explore the invisible” and “how ‘social microscopy’ is being used in medicine, mapping and environmental safety, and changing the way we look at the whole world in the process.”

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