His passion towards machines and technology since childhood has driven Guwahati based Ravi Chakravorty to develop the first ever digital microscope that could be easily affordable. Spare a few minutes in reading this article.
In love with machines
As a child, Ravi had a great inclination for machines and their working. By the time he was in class 4 he had prepared models of a train and much household equipment. “Though none of my machines were movable I was always curious about their working. I was passionate about technology and in love with machines,” Ravi Chakravorty, co-founder and technical head of Little Machines told Chalgenius.
Birth of Microcam
Microcam is the first smart digital microscope running on Android Operating System. In the final year of his course in Physics of Bachelor in Applied Science Ravi did a project on microscope and an internship in the same field from Tejpur University.
It was during those months that he realised the opportunities and challenges in this area of digital microscopy. He started his research on the prototype of digital microscope and after testing became sure of achieving success.
During that time he went to US and got attached with Gust, which is the global SaaS platform for founding, operating, and investing in scalable, high-growth companies. The proof of concept of the digital microscope was prepared in 2017.
It will be affordable
Ravi’s friend Krishnanga Kumar Kalita joined in 2018 and the duo together incorporated Little Machines in 2018. Ravi said his project was incubated by Assam Start-up and received grants from Assam government. “At LittleMachines we are tirelessly working at giving you the ability to easily take a picture of your sample observation just like in your mobile phone.
“A microscope is used by research laboratories and diagnosis laboratories. But people don’t get access to high quality digital microscope and settle for traditional devices as the digital ones are very expensive,” Ravi explained to Chalgenius.
Unlike other such devices there is no need to buy extra lenses or accessories or DSLRs.
Microcam is a simple and easy to use device that is akin to clicking a photo in phone. It is a portable small device weighing less than 600 grams that is fully automatic and affordable. The device is very easy to carry and can slip into a laptop bag along with the laptop.
It appears as a tablet like device measuring 11 x 6 x 3 inches with optics slide holder. The sample under the microscope is displayed automatically on the screen.
While institutions currently spend 600 to 3000 $ for high end microscopes Microcam is available at 800 to 900 $.
It is targeted at educational research institutions and diagnosis centres. Medical and biological research institutions as well as pathological laboratories would be benefited the most.
“Being a medical device it has to go through a lot of clinical tests. Once ready it will roll out in the market. We expect to bring Microcam in market by end of 2021,” said Ravi. He said another innovative project has been developed by Little Machines for the ease of people. “The product is in the research stage and we will apply for patent for our upcoming product as well,” he added.
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