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46-Inch Display Turned into a Giant Microscope

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ulti-touch screen, a 46-inch display, is connected to microscope that enables 1000-fold magification of imagery with a total size of up to 200 GB per image sample.

Image sample, of course, means that it isn't exactly a real time microscope. The images are scanned using a microscopy scanner and stored on an image server. Samples on the screen can then be continuously read from the server and even be transmitted over the Internet via WebMicroscope technology. The researchers did not say how often the scans are updated, but given a 200 GB size, we would assume that the real-time value of the image navigation isn't very high.     

Representatives for FIMM said that the display enables an entirely new teaching experience where students can stand around the display while a teacher explains and navigates the shown image. However, we would assume that general academic institutions would be interested in the technology as well. There was no information whether video can be stored as well. 

  • ok pretty useless as far as i am concerned. Tech already exists for large scale microscopic displays. No need for a touch screen control. Also tom's, can you be more misleading with your article titles?

    Biology BS+Biomedical Masters(in progress)

  • joytech22
    200GB a scan eh? I could fit what like.. 20 scans in my main desktop? lol..
    My HTPC could only fit one, my laptop could hold 2..

    Considering how hard drives write at about 90MB/s if you're lucky, it'd take ages just to save one of those behemoths.
  • mayankleoboy1
    worthless news for toms
  • eddieroolz
    200GB images! A whole 2 of them can fit on my laptop :)
  • illuminatuz
    omg wtf!! im sure quad sli and quad xfire of nvidia gtx 590 and 6990 will also never be able to make that one atleast at 1 fps!! these scientists are crazy man!!
  • ProDigit10
    They forgot to include the 3D feat on this one!
    Imagine, seeing an amoeba the size of a small dog!
  • COLGeek
    Storage space is cheap and plentiful.

    What is more impressive is how this tech could be used to expand our understanding down to molecular level. Beats the heck out of a traditional microscope in some applications.
  • pc000007
    it's unlikly that anyone would want a 200GB image. If it was a RAW 24bit it would be 260,000 x 260,000
    A 200MB JPG of the area of interest would be much more likely I think.