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Portable Microscopic Self-Checker Device For Microbial Detection

Technology Overview

The technology is initially developed to complement the application of electrolyzed water for hygiene management. Electrolyzed water can be used to kill bacteria with no harm inflicted to human body or environment. With the development of a portable microscopic self-checker device, one can observe the effect of electrolyzed water on microbes in real time. This is useful in demonstrating the effectiveness of electrolyzed water and also, to ‘visualize’ the hygiene condition of working sites on the spot.

The technology is in the form of a portable optical microscope that can couple with camera phone to capture real-time microbes and particulates movement in a liquid sample at micro-level (>1 µm range).

The technology provider is open to R&D collaboration to further develop and improve on the analytical aspects of the technology for its wide potential applications.

The technology provider is also open to collaborators in the relevant industries to develop and establish quality standards based on the technology for the various fields of application. 

Technology Features & Specifications

The technology is in the form of a portable optical microscope that can couple with camera phone to capture real-time movement in a liquid sample at micro-level (>1 µm range).

The real-time microbes’/particulates’ activities and movements in the sample can be captured and viewed through the screen of the camera phone.

The design of the portable microscopic self-checker device aims to be light, compact, easy to set up, simple to use and safe to operate with.

Specifications: 

Magnification: 1,000 x

Light Source: LED 

Dimension: 55mm x 113mm x 140mm (including smartphone stand 175mm x 113mm x 146mm)

Weight: 450g

Power: AA battery x 2

The technology provider is open to joint development to work on quality inspection and rapid analysis tool to incorporate with the technology such as:

(i) Differentiating and identifying the types of microbes/ particulates in the captured image

(ii) Analytical tool for making dimensional measurement of the microbes/ particulates in the captured image

(iii) Auto-quantification of targeted microbes/ particulates in the captured image 

Potential Applications

Food Industry: 

As a monitoring tool to detect microbes on-site in food and beverage industry. As an education tool of hygiene management for employees who deal with food on-site.

 

Agriculture: 

The device can be used as a preliminary check:

(i) Before the implementation of pesticide spray targeting at specific pathogens, to reduce the cost of crop damage

(ii) For the condition of water used for hydroponic culture, as a preventive measure for crops from getting disease

 

Stockbreeding:

For the selection of better spermatozoa for breeding.

For checking of milking devices and hygiene management of barns at daily basis.


Fisheries: 

To contribute as a countermeasure to food poisoning of marine products and improve the consciousness towards hygiene management. 

 

Education:

Besides the application as an educational tool for bacteria, hygiene management and infection control, the device can help to bring out the interest and curiosity of students towards science.

 

Dentistry:

The device can be used as a promotion tool for oral hygiene and preventive dentistry towards systemic diseases caused by oral bacteria. Periodontal pathogens can invade and multiply in the blood system, causing systemic disease throughout the body.


There could be potential application in other fields such as gynaecology, consulting, animal/pet shops, and welfare/pension. 

Customer Benefits

- Portable, light, compact, easy to set up, simple to use and safe to operate with

- Rapid, real-time microscopic detection

- Complement hygiene management practices

- Can be used as an education tool for workers, students, and patients

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