This handy USB desktop microscope - 200x 1.3 Mega Pixels magnification - has a multiude of home and office uses: science education, laboratory research, computer parts examination, printing inspection, presentation tool, medical analysis, reading aid, collectables magnification to name a few. Online chat can also be achieved with the microscope's built in webcam and record features.
In the legendary series of educational films from the 1970s, designers Charles and Ray Eames zoom out from a man resting in a park in downtown Chicago, transporting us in minutes to intergalactic space. At the point at which we reach the bounds of human knowledge, they stop... and zoom back in. Only this time, their camera doesn't stop... surveying deeper and deeper inside his skin, ultimately to the level of sub-atomic particles. Now, we're not suggesting for a second that this handy desktop 200 x magnification USB microscope will take you anywhere near sub-atomic resolution from the comfort of your own PC, but it will give you a darned good look at your skin, should you wish. Here at gadgetshop HQ we're huge admirers of Universal Serial Bus technology, as the legion of USB-compliant devices in these pages will attest. And this high-tech microscope, which offers full 1.3Mp resolution, is among the most inventive USB tool we have yet seen. With a host of pro-quality features, including variable magnification, widescreen imaging and a range of image capture options, all illuminated by 4 bright onboard LEDs, the sky (or rather, the world right in front of you) is the limit. Enabling awe-inspiring close-ups, and both still image 'snapshot' and full motion video capture, could there be a better way of passing a chill winter's evening than blowing up one's own hair follicle to the size of the Titanic? We thought not.