Wetzlar, Germany. Leica Microsystems launches two Wi-Fi-capable microscopy instruments for the science classroom in biology, anatomy, chemistry, geology, and material sciences: the Leica EZ4 W educational stereo microscope with built-in wireless camera and the Leica ICC50 W digital camera, which can be added to educational compound microscopes. Both systems transfer HD images directly to students’ mobile devices. The Leica AirLab App for both iOS and Android devices allows capturing, annotating, sharing, and organizing of images and makes the classroom more interactive. Learning time is increased since teachers can save set-up and dismantling time. Only one power cable for each microscope is needed, as the camera can be plugged into the microscope.
“Introducing Wi-Fi capabilities to the scienc e classroom enables students to learn in a digital environment that is already part of their lives. Since learning content is transferred directly to the students’ devices, teachers can engage them more easily and promote team work. They can share results, work together, and network wherever they are,” says Vince Vaccarelli, Product Manager with Leica Microsystems. “A digital classroom creates a different learning environment, since they learn from each other. The interactive, digital platform increases attention and simplifies note-taking as well as assignments with image annotations.”
“As the designer of all new labs at Earth Observatory Singapore, I would definitely incorporate this technology in any future labs using microscopes. The wireless camera system is much easier to set up than the current one used in our microscope lab. Being able to send and capture images with wireless technology is an added bonus,” commented Dorinda Ostermann, Technical Director of the Geochemical Laboratories, Earth Observatory Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
The Leica AirLab App is available for download for free: