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(BBC)   Today's cool hack: make a microscope from a webcam   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 18
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2013-08-23 07:14:33 AM
bookmarked
 
2013-08-23 07:29:20 AM
A usb microscope is like $30 on Amazon.
 
2013-08-23 08:11:17 AM
Finally, a practical method for subby to show girls his dong on Chatroulette!
 
2013-08-23 08:16:34 AM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: A usb microscope is like $30 on Amazon.


Sometimes making the stuff is the fun part.
 
2013-08-23 08:23:58 AM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: A usb microscope is like $30 on Amazon.


And has better optics than this creation (marginally better at least).


It's not that I dislike hacking but for the amount of money they charge for the USB microscopes and the fact this involves all but destroying a working webcam (probably one that's some flavour of HD) and ending up with piss poor results... what's the point?

At least something like the Nintoaster is cool.
 
2013-08-23 08:26:17 AM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: Sometimes making the stuff is the fun part.


I love making stuff when a) I get something comparable at a good savings or b) I can make something better suited to what I want than I can buy. This does neither.
 
2013-08-23 08:28:45 AM
The hack: flip the lens around. Wow.
 
2013-08-23 08:34:20 AM

Apik0r0s: The hack: flip the lens around. Wow.


the word 'hack' has lost pretty much all meaning at this point... I blame the Gawker network.
 
2013-08-23 08:41:38 AM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: A usb microscope is like $30 on Amazon.


mjnext.com

Had this for over 5 years. Good for taking pictures of PCBs and electronics crap. The microscope detaches from the stand too.
 
2013-08-23 08:42:36 AM

Vaneshi: Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: A usb microscope is like $30 on Amazon.

And has better optics than this creation (marginally better at least).


It's not that I dislike hacking but for the amount of money they charge for the USB microscopes and the fact this involves all but destroying a working webcam (probably one that's some flavour of HD) and ending up with piss poor results... what's the point?


Yeah, all this, plus you can sell those old webcams like he has in the pic for MORE than the cheap microscope costs, precisely because you can get at the guts like this.  With most newer, better webcams the lens is tiny and glued to the imager, so good luck taking all that apart.

For more fun, if you have a decent DSLR, it will have a live HDMI output.  Plug that into your HDTV and set up the camera on a tripod pointing down, with the shortest close focus lens you have.  Then zoom digitally.  The resolution is pretty acceptable and looking at a giant screen beats squinting through an eyepiece.
 
2013-08-23 08:57:30 AM

poot_rootbeer: Finally, a practical method for subby to show girls his dong on Chatroulette!


You're going to need something stronger, maybe Hubble Telescope magnification levels.
/Not Subby
 
2013-08-23 10:25:31 AM
No phone-phreaking, not even script-kidding, so no hacking. Subby is the HACK.

/I literally hate it when people use this word in its newfangled context, which simply means "to facilitate, lubricate, or ease".
//So yeah, I already hacked your ma three times.
///Lifehack = down the highway, not across the street.
 
2013-08-23 12:11:08 PM
I got one of these at a garage sale, it makes lil bugs and spiders 40" long on a big monitor, in hd moving color and now I can't sleep.

http://www.videoeyecorp.com/
 
2013-08-23 02:21:19 PM
Tap the focus lens off the end of a laser pointer to be able to make extreme close ups in focus with your camera/cellphone.
 
2013-08-23 02:22:12 PM
Fucvking gallderned preview...... Take the focus lens off the end of a laser pointer to be able to make extreme close ups in focus with your camera/cellphone.
 
2013-08-23 03:46:22 PM

poot_rootbeer: Finally, a practical method for subby to show girls his dong on Chatroulette!


Girls?
 
2013-08-23 09:25:47 PM

sheep snorter: Fucvking gallderned preview...... Take the focus lens off the end of a laser pointer to be able to make extreme close ups in focus with your camera/cellphone.


Yeah, that makes much more sense.
 
2013-08-23 10:56:32 PM
Buy a vintage microscope off of e-bay for $50 and use your webcam with it for a much better image.
I looked on e-bay and saw this. If that thing has working objectives, it's worth quite a lot more than he is asking for it. It's a 1930's era Spencer with brass everywhere. They are indestructible. Seeing as he has an LED flashlight under it, he really doesn't know what he has.
 
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