The UBUNTU Eduscope is an affordable, locally producible digital microscope for education in Sub-Saharan Africa. The design can be created from off-the-shelf components in combination with laser-cut and 3D printed parts. A backup battery is included to cope with potential power outages. It utilises a motorised dual-axis sample movement system, leading to image stability. The movement of the optics is also motorised to allow for high precision and autofocusing. The controller allows the user to move the sample without the need of touching the microscope, decreasing image disturbances and the risk of damage.
We are Parastou Raeis Ghanavati, Benthe Plat, Lotte Van Der Jagt, Falko Baatsen, Sybe Duyts and Moritz Von Seyfried, a team of master students at TU Delft, studying Integrated Product Design in the Industrial Design Engineering faculty, Delft, Netherlands. We started with this project for the course Advanced Embodiment Design to design The UBUNTU Eduscope which is an affordable, locally producible, and repairable digital microscope specialized for education in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), suited for group and individual work, while having a comparable appearance to analog microscopes. more