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Learning Resources Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope
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- All-in-one digital microscope brings technology into the hands of young learners
- Encourages hands-on investigation and facilitates scientific observation
- Fits perfectly in child’s hand and positions easily to view difficult objects
- Powered by USB connection to your computer — no batteries required
- Ideal for ages 4+
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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)
Inspire curiosity with this Handheld Digital Microscope. Display amazing images, up to 43x magnification, right onto your computer screen. Easy for a child to use; simply hold the egg-shaped device in your hand and move over any object for easy viewing. Compatible with PC and Mac.
From the Manufacturer
Amazing all-in-one digital microscope takes scientific inquiry to a new level—yet is easy for even a young child to use. Hold the hand-friendly scope over an object, turn the top to focus, then press the single control button to take videos or still images from 35 to 53x magnification on a 14" monitor. Supports students as they record observations and investigations. Great for lab reports, presentations and authentic assessment for digital portfolios. Sharply detailed images enrich whole-class and individual explorations. Use with your computer, projector or interactive whiteboard. Downloads and charges via USB. Features 640 x 480 pixels (interpolation up to 1200 x 1600 pixels), VGA CMOS sensor, LED illumination, fun special effects (photo frames) and 2 head adapters for viewing different kinds of subjects. Compatible with Mac and PC (XP, Vista, Win7). Measures 2"L x 2.5”H. Grades PreK–12
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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. I wasn't surprised that it didn't magnify at 43 when I got it. I was expecting a good 10x and that's what I got. It's nice to have the 10x magnification on the big screen so I don't have to squint. But I would hate to see someone buy this, thinking it was the equivalent to buying a 40x optical microscope and being disappointed.
All and all, it's a very fun little device, and I am satisfied with the product. I just wish USB microscopes would be a little more forthcoming about what their optical magnification was instead of claiming high magnifications they just don't actually have. With the zoomy, its only a 40x vs 10x claim. With some of the Celestron scopes, they will claim to have 400x when the optical magnification looks more like 20x.
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. Bugs like thrips, gnats, and ants are no longer difficult to identify!
It has few options. For example the focus is not labeled like a standard microscope, so you can't tell what magnification setting is being used. But it's because of the low options that make it so kid friendly. It's easy to hold (smaller than a standard computer mouse), operate (single button push for picture taking), and the focus is easy to manipulate (turn left and right). Once I get it plugged into the computer and pull up the program, they can use the zoomy without any input from me, all I do is watch them wonder at the picture they see on the screen. This is going to be lots of fun this summer when we get pond water and garden worms to look at!
It does need to be connected to the computer to work, but for the tiny area focused, that's not a big deal. I use it with a laptop, and it has no problem. The program used with it loads fast, and the zoomy itself is quickly and easily recognized by any computer I've plugged it into. We have used it with Windows 7, vista, and XP with no problems. This little machine is durable (dropped by my kids several times), easy to use, and dependably works. Well worth the money I spent on it.
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