This Smartphone Microscope Game Lets Kids Play Pac-Man With Real Microbes

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Oct 7, 2016
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A group of scientists and engineers working out of Stanford University have developed a truly unique and utterly brilliant way to get children interested in the field of microbiology -- they developed a DIY smartphone microscope that allows users to control the movements of microbes in real time and use them to play a variety of games such as Pac-Man and arcade soccer.

Nicknamed the LudusScope, this smartphone microscope allows users to peer into a miniature replica of a Pac-Man map for example that is filled with microbes. The environment features LEDs that, when activated, prompts the microbes to move. This allows for the creation of a game that involves using the smartphone microscope to play a fun game while learning about microbes and circuits, a great and engaging way to get kids thinking about microbiology.