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Learning Resources Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope
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- Amazing all-in-one digital microscope brings technology into the hands of young learners and sparks a natural curiosity of scientific observation and investigation
- Egg-shaped microscope fits perfectly in a child's hand and can be positioned in any angle over objects to view them magnified 43x
- View images immediately on your computer, projector, or interactive whiteboard, or take video or still photos to be used later
- Plugs directly into your computer, projector, or interactive whiteboard
- Compatible with Mac* and PC (XP, Vista, Win7) and is automatically recognized as a USB device; *not compatible with Mac version 10.9
- No batteries are required
- Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope comes complete with 2 head adapters for viewing different kinds of subjects
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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From the Manufacturer
Learn first-hand that there is more than meets the eye!
This amazing all-in-one digital microscope takes scientific inquiry to a new level —yet is easy for even a young child to use.
Plug Zoomy into your computer, projector, or interactive whiteboard. Then hold the egg-shaped microscope in one hand over an object, turn the top to focus, and observe the magnified images Zoomy captures. It’s an ideal size to fit the palm of your hand and is easily moved to view difficult objects. A single-press button on top can take sharp, high-quality videos, or still images.
Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope Supports:
- Visual Processing
- Scientific Exploration
Spark Scientific Curiosity
Zoomy can be just the tool to ignite a lifelong love of science.
Successful from the Start
Children at different ages and learning levels will enjoy the ease of exploring with Zoomy.
- Learning Magazine, Teachers’ Choice For the Family Award Winner (2012).
- Golden Apple Award winner 2011
- Best in STEM 2012 Children’s Technology Review’s Editor’s Choice Award.
- Instructor magazine: Teachers’ Pick (Best of 2013)
Top Customer Reviews
The zoomy is very durable and easy to use. My two year old daughter can play with it and I don't have to worry about her breaking it. She runs it across the table and takes tons of pictures. She doesn't really know what she's doing, but I guess that a year from now, she'll be using it like a pro.
Sometimes it's a pain to hold, focus AND look at the monitor at the same time. I am too uncoordinated to get a movie made, as my hand shakes too much to keep in focus. I have seen movies made by a seven year old girl -- so I don't blame zoomy for the problem I have. I think I'm just too clumsy.
The only serious issue I have is with the claimed magnification. This isn't just a complaint I have with the zoomy. I have it with all USB microscopes. They make their magnification claims based on how big you can get something to look on a screen -- NOT based on how much detail and magnification you get from the optical magnifier. The optical magnification on this is 10x tops. The difference between 10x and 40x is pretty big. Its the difference between a magnifying glass and a dissecting microscope. It's the difference between seeing water bears as white pixilated specs and actually seeing their little body parts and tracking their movements.
I figured this out about Zoomy before I bought it by analyzing pics taken by others with the camera.Read more ›
Zoomy is a perfect toy for kids and adults. It keeps us busy, and I find that a boy of 5 can have a decent span of attention, while we explore and learn about the things around us.
Collectors of coins and stamps, or any kind of miniatures will appreciate this as a useful tool as well.
Operation is simple and easy, even for younger kids. We found it easy to capture images and videos. I’ve added some untouched images taken with Zoomy for reference.
Setting up was quick and painless. I just plugged it into my USB port and downloaded the software (rather than using the provided disk) from the Learning Resources website. Just google “zoomy” to find the learningresources.com page and click on the “Downloadable Samples” link, further down the page. If you prefer not to use their software, I found that my webcam software will recognize and use the device (using W7pro).
Although Zoomy appears rugged enough, I did tether the cord to our desktop with an elastic to avoid any hard crashes or pulls on the USB port, as kids can be tough on devices.
For the price, you can’t go wrong. I installed the software into my laptop and showed some friends, may have to order more…
We bought it to correctly identify insects and spiders in the gardens, which it allows me to do wonderfully, but we have found so many other uses for it! My two children (2yo and 4yo) are in love with this little machine. They are exploring a whole new world! The first day we received it the kids looked at everything from their toe nails (ew!), lined paper, a house fly, a pencil tip, the dog's fur, the cat's ear, and we even located and pulled out a sliver in mommy's finger! They have more fun just watching the preview screen, and don't take alot of pictures with it. They are usually too involved, and move on to the next item without taking any.
For my purposes, I use it to correctly identify insects and spiders in the house and garden. It is essential to know what pest (or beneficial) you are dealing with to know if, when, and how to kill. Many nymphs, and instars of insects look similar if not identical to the naked eye. I now know that the brown beetle I thought was a common stink bug, it actually the fourth instar of the marmolated stink bug. This is an invasive, foreign species that is just now spreading to my area. It's the first time I've seen one, and he got the flush instead of being carried outside to freedom. I also know to look for more of them. It will also help me identify lacewing, ladybug, and parasitic wasp larvae. These are all beneficial insects that should NOT be destroyed, and will help, or completely control a pest insect in the garden.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not the first to buy this little guy at work, and neither am I the last! Coworkers ask to borrow it frequentlyPublished 2 months ago by W/E
Plug and play on my Windows Surface. Shows great detail and it's kid friendly!Published 4 months ago by Nichole
Our grandkids love this computer connected microscope. It is very interesting to use to look at insects, rocks, leaves etc.Published 6 months ago by Jimmy
This is a great little microscope to pique children's interest in science! My sons love playing with it and exploring their world. Read morePublished 7 months ago by grade1teacher
This is one of the neatest tech gadgets that I've seen in a while. My two 8-year old kids love it, but our entire family, young and old where crowded around the computer. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JCash
This was a big hit with my granddaughter, her siblings and her parents! She wanted a microscope for her birthday but, with 3 younger siblings, it would get easily broken. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Schoolzout
I bought this lab tool for the kids and they love seeing the world at a whole different level. I've even uploaded files to the computer without a problem. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sarah
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