EXPLORE THE MICROCOSMOS
WHAT WILL YOU DISCOVER?
The Paper Microscope
Foldscope was created with a vision to solve an accessibility problem in science… What began as a simple idea has grown into a company that provides low-cost tools to communities around the world!
Foldscope is the ultra-affordable paper microscope. It was designed to be portable and durable, while performing on par with conventional research microscopes (140X magnification and 2 micron resolution).
As a company, Foldscope Instruments Inc’s mission is to break down the price barrier between people & the curiosity and excitement of scientific exploration!
Through the purchase of our products, you directly support our mission and enable us to bring tools to communities around the world.
We believe that the most important part of our company is not the tools themselves, but the communities that use them.
Visit our Community page to learn about our dynamic community the Microcosmos, discover different opportunities for educators, and visit our translations section to view & download (or even volunteer to contribute to) the various languages our materials are available in!
What Can You See With A Foldscope?
The Foldscope has a magnification of 140X and 2 micron resolution. With those capabilities, the many wonders of the microscopic world are at your fingertips! You can view very tiny things like bacteria, blood cells, and single-celled organisms. As well as larger things like a insects, fabrics, organic tissues, and more!
Visit our gallery page to see more of what you can view through a Foldscope, and visit our community website, the Microcosmos, to see what people around the world are exploring.
Manu Prakash and team are encouraging curiosity and motivating the next generation of scientists, inventors and innovators by providing a million microscopes to children all over the world. Foldscope is a $1, pocket-sized, paper-based microscope that can magnify contents more than 2,000X.
EARLY DAYS OF PROMISE
The New Yorker interview of Manu Prakash on the Foldscope Beta Version in December, 2015
MICROSCOPY FOR ALL
Manu Prakash delivers a TED talk on Foldscope, including a live demonstration. credit: TED.
A look at the wonders of the microscopic world seen through the lens of a Foldscope.