Conn. company produces high resolution images of microscopic objects

TOLLAND, Conn. (WTNH) — Mark Smith has licensed technology from the U.S. Army and has built a business around it in Tolland. The business is called Macroscopic Solutions.

Smith can image anything with his so-called “macropod”, no matter how microscopic it may be. The ramifications of this technology are far reaching, from art to science to archaeology to medicine and on and on.

“To the average viewer it’s just going to look like a camera, but that’s actually not what it is at all,” said Smith. “If you’ve every looked through a microscope, and even if you haven’t, one of the first things you do is adjust the focus. and that’s because you need to see what you’re looking at. We’ve set up a hardware and a software platform that allows you to see very small objects, things like pollen grains up to things like butterflies, but instead of a limited depth of field, we stitch together individual depths of field so that we can bring the image completely into focus.”

“You will be able to see the cells in the raspberry seeds if you were to enlarge this photograph,” said Smith. “That is only a 5x image, but because of the resolution in the camera sensor we can achieve 20x magnification, but we’ve been innovating and changing the technology and we are now at a level of 100x.”

“We can actually characterize catalog diamonds and that’s going to prevent things like theft,” said Smith.

Universities, museums and scientists are using this technology.

For every ten macropods Smith sells, he gives one away to a high school or a non-profit.

For more information on Macroscopic Solutions, click here.

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