Weekend Projects: USB Webcam Microscope

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Weekend Projects: USB Webcam Microscope

Do you want to build some sweet projects in next-to-no time, over the weekend? Of course you do. Look no further than the new Weekend Projects section of Make: Projects, brought to you by RadioShack and The Great Create. Each week over the coming months we’ll be building clever, fun, mostly beginner-friendly, electronics projects. Using recommended parts sourced from RadioShack — along with other parts and tools you may already have in your shop or studio — we’ll be detailing projects you can build in a weekend — this weekend! We’re excited to get things rolling with this webcam-enabled microscope hack.

Within a few hours work, you’ll graft a webcam onto a microscope and be able to see, up close on your monitor, everything from microfibers in currency to trichome (hairs) on plants from your garden. This hack also allows you to utilize webcam software to capture screenshots or record video.

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I'm an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!

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