Together with Akbar, microbiologist and DIY wine fermentation-guru from the agriculture faculty in Gadjah Mada University (UGM) , we have been working on modifying an old microsopy stage, they had lying around in the lab. We removed a lot of the old optical parts, and ended up, mounting the hacked PS3 Eye on the lower part of the stage, so we could adjust focus and use the X-Y stage as before.
It would be a great idea, especially for scientific labs in indonesia to use such old microscopy stages and turn them in to powerful, digital microscopes that can be used for example for cell counting, haemocytometry, digitally store the data for reference and use them in undergrad education.
during the experimentation with the hacked PS3 Eye camera, we figured out that you can highly improve the magnification by replacing the original lens, with one from a cheap webcam… this might sound odd, but just try it out. we ended up with a modified PS3 Eye microscope with a field of view of approximately 380 µm and could clearly detect single cells such as algae, blood sample or yeast