Veho VMS-004 Discovery Series 400x USB Microscope
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- 400x Magnification USB Microscope
- 2.0 Mega Pixel Resolution Lens
- Snapshot and Video recording function
- 30fps webcam function
- Handy design with supplied cradle option
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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 400 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 resolution up to full 1.6M, 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.
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and also a woodlouse. This video only uses the 200x magnification. Search for 'Elfheartrising' on youtube to see the videos using both 400x and 200x in combination.
I didn't buy the Veho with the stand - BIG MISTAKE (hard to keep still). Instruction booklet fairly rubbish. You MUST keep turning the silver focus band RIGHT ROUND to go from 200 to 400 magnification. Moving insects tend to get a little hot running around under the microscope lights too... I think I inadvertantly killed the woodlouse - eek!
This sample video is only using the magnification to 200x, in the full videos I made (on youtube) you can see how I used the 400x magnification still shots combined with moving 200x footage.
And don't bother trying to contact the company who makes the Veho, as they don't seem to reply. (I was trying to see if I could buy a stand separatly)! AMMENDED EDIT - since I wrote this, Veho HAS contacted me, a lovely email from their sales manager, who is going to look into trying to get me a stand (when their office reopens on the 4th Jan), I take back what I said about them previously!
Yes... the sales manager at Veho got back to me, and sent me a stand for my microscope! She was VERY helpful, and we swopped some great emails. If you do have any problems with your Veho, I would suggest you try and talk to them. She explained they are only a small company, but she went out of her way to help me.
I look forward to making a new video of some head lice that I have sitting in an envelope waiting to be filmed!
You plug it into your PC via a USB port and load up the software from a CD. When you start the program, that activates the microscope - and you can start finding out what various parts of your body look like x 400!
The microscope is a bit like a giant pen or small torch, and has its own built-in light, so you can investigate the darkest of places like nostrils and tonsils (should you want to do such a thing...) I have scoured the garden and come up with all kinds of creepy crawlies, dead and alive, to see in 400x magnification. Its an alien world out there...
The detail is fantastic, and the colour is also very good and true. Within the program you can take video clips and photographs of your chosen object, and then ask everyone to guess what the revolting picture is actually of (you will never eat a banana again after viewing it through this!)
Obviously you have to bring everything you want to examine to within the range of the microscope (which has to remain attached to the USB port), and the provided wire is not that long. But it's amazing what you can find on the average desk or body... The microscope has a very good focusing wheel, which you operate with your thumb, watching the picture on your PC.
I think this is a fascinating piece of kit and incredibly good value for money. I think every school - every classroom - should definitely have one, and anyone interested in the micro world will be intrigued.
You will never view skin in the same way again.....
At first, I phoned and complained that the magnification was no better (or even worse) than that of the earlier model. They suggested I tried adjusting the focus at the other end of the scale. That worked! Apparently, it has two focussing points.
I am totally pleased with this product, and highly recommend it for anyone who requires low-cost but serious microscoppy.
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I bought this as a gift for my brother in law... apparently, there are now photos of the inside of his ear. He loves it.Published on 6 April 2013 by Mr. Mark Byfield
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Didn't get far with the drivers on their support site, which were RedHat builds anyway.
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