Giant Touch and Gesture Controlled Microscope

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A group of scientists composed of members of the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) and representatives of a Finnish company called Multitouch Ltd developed a large touch and gesture controlled microscope.

The invention makes use of a mix of web-based microscopy and a 46-inch multitouch display. Thus the microscope represents a useful instrument for teaching and learning. Using pinch gestures or handed stretch, the device allows users to zoom images in and out down to 1000x magnification.

It is worth mentioning that web-based virtual microscopy was invented a couple of years ago by researchers from the Universities of Helsinki and Tampere.

The multitouch microscope brings new dimensions into teaching and research. Researchers at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) and Multitouch Ltd have created a hand and finger gesture controlled microscope. The method is a combination between two technologies: web-based virtual microscopy and a giant size multitouch display.

The result is an entirely new way of performing microscopy: by touching a table- or wall-sized screen the user can navigate and zoom within a microscope sample in the same way as in a conventional microscope. Using the touch control it is possible to move from the natural size of the sample to a 1000-fold magnification, at which cells and even subcellular details can be seen.

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