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Olympus Announces MIC-D Digital Microscope


Melville, NY - July 25, 2002 - Olympus America Inc, Scientific Equipment Group announces the MIC-D, an all-new digital microscope for education and personal use. The MIC-D is a fully digital microscope, utilizing a USB connection to the computer to produce live, full-color images for viewing on a monitor screen. As an educational tool for today's internet generation, the MIC-D revolutionizes educational microscopy.

MIC-D Digital MicroscopeKey to the MIC-D is an inverted design: the lens looks up at the stage rather than down on the specimen. This allows large objects and dishes of water to be observed with remarkable clarity. Now by looking a few drops of pond water, simple plants and animals can easily be seen alive in their native environment. Additionally, a versatile illumination system allows reflected light viewing for solid materials. The illumination system can also be tilted for exceptional contrast and even polarized light is possible.

Another amazing feature of the MIC-D is that it does not use a series of fixed lenses, but rather one master lens that zooms at the large ratio of 12 to 1. This allows the magnification to be changed easily via a tactile hand grip without moving the sample at all. And with the inverted design, the sample is almost always near the lens so only minor focusing is required.

The heart of the MIC-D is a CMOS digital camera that sends a digital image directly to the computer. Traditional microscopes use eyepieces for viewing, which allow only one person at a time to see inside. With the MIC-D many people can see the computer monitor at the same time, viewing a full color 310,000-pixel image, which makes the MIC-D exceptional for classroom teaching. Images can be instantly captured, saved, modified and even emailed. And if one image is not enough, the MIC-D can even make digital AVI movies.

The MIC-D will be available in September of 2002. For more information on the MIC-D Digital Microscope contact: Olympus America Inc., Two Corporate Center Drive, Melville, New York 11747; E-mail: MIC-D@olympus.com; Phone: 1-800-446-5967.