Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Technology Available for Licensing

Several research projects at the University of California have developed better ways to use microscopy in the field. Telemicroscopy can be used in fields requiring microscopy but the technology can be complex to use. For example, using advanced microscopy suitable for specialized applications requires a computer for data storage and an internet connection to transmit the data. Also, the microscopy device if coupled to a camera phone is not sufficient to use for any advanced microscopy.

Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have overcome some of the problems and have coupled high numerical aperture optics to a camera phone or to other suitable telecommunications devices that are now able to capture and transmit high resolution images with a single device.

There are several ways that the technology could be used to diagnose illnesses. The immediate microscopy of microorganisms could be immediately available if it is not possible at a particular time to culture them in a laboratory. The technology is highly portable, can be used in remote locations, and be used with existing diagnosis devices such as microchip-based devices.

For more information on the technology called “High Numerical Aperature Mobile Telemicroscopy”, contact Curt Theisen at curt@berkeley.edu or call (510) 643-7214 referencing Tech ID #17789.

Researchers at the University of California, at Davis have developed a device that can attach to the aperture of a miniature camera of a mobile device such as a cell phone and a notebook computer to obtain and record microscopic images. The resolution is better than 2 micrometers and is useful for a wide range of applications including remote medical diagnosis, forensics, telemedicine, and education. The size of the device is small with a focal length of 0.1-10mm, has inexpensive lenses and can be fabricated from simple inexpensive parts.

For more information on the technology called “Microlens Assembly for Microscopy with Miniature Cameras”, contact Nancy E. Rashid at nerashid@ucdavis.edu or call (530) 754-8621 referencing Tech ID #19160. The UC case number is 2009-312.