Despite the simple construction, Foldscope is a capable tool of real science. Users can adjust the focus using paper tabs, and the engineering team, led by bioengineer Manu Prakash and funded in part by the Gates Foundation, explained in a paper [PDF] that Foldscope “can provide over 2,000X magnification with submicron resolution.” They hope eventually to manufacture 1 billion of the inexpensive microscopes each year, and to use them to get more kids interested in science, and to provide out-of-the-way places with better diagnostic capabilities for diseases like E. Coli and malaria.
A Video demonstration of assemble can be found below
After watching ….. It seems a bit complex especially if I have to cut out the pieces to assemble it myself. I think i may download the pdf and give it a try though. I think I can afford a few hours and a dollar to testing my engineering abilities.