Identifying Mold Heath Hazards Using Smartphone-based Microscope
Beig Heidari, Rouzbeh
The current technological development of smartphones makes it possible to use them in identifying environmental health hazards. Based on the known information about mold types and their reproductive routines, economically affordable smartphone attachable microscope were used in detecting mold types. This microscope kit is designed in compatibility with most of the popular smartphones and it is simple to install. The microscope macro lens system is capable of producing 200X magnification with a satisfying sharpness and resolution. Sample images from various moisture level (wet/dry), surface coarseness (smooth/coarse),and lighting condition (bright/dark) combinations were taken and analyzed to fully examine the capabilities of the microscope to identify molds. The microscope is capable of distinguishing between mold and common categories that could be confused for mold with a bare eye. This design will make mold detection process more convenient and cost beneficial for consumers such as flooding victims.
Presented at the 2018 Research and Creative Achievement Week, March 26-April 2, 2018, at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.