University turns old smartphones into microscopes

A university in Bangkok, Thailand, found an even more ingenious way to use old phones. Chulalongkorn University, in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy, will renovate 500 old smartphones donated by Thai Samsung Electrics.

The university calls the project “Turns Old Smartphones into 2,500 Microscopes for Schools”, so we assume that they will do this reconditioning to 2,500 mobile phones.

The university and the ministry will use discarded cell phones instead of microscopes in schools across the country that are deprived of scientific equipment. In addition, it is said that the project was created to promote equal access to quality education for students across the country, while reusing old equipment.

An image of the device provided by the university shows the phone displaying on its screen something that looks like a cross-section of an enlarged root.

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