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Olympia invention turns cellphone into microscope

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Photo - In this April 21, 2014 photo, Cell Focus owner Thomas Larson mails orders for a magnification lens that can be attached to a cellphone and turns it into a microscope, in Olympia, Wash. The Olympian reported that Larson raised nearly $112,000 through Kickstarter for his next product, a lens with 150 times magnification that he expects to produce this summer. (AP Photo/The Olympian, Steve Bloom)
In this April 21, 2014 photo, Cell Focus owner Thomas Larson mails orders for a magnification lens that can be attached to a cellphone and turns it into a microscope, in Olympia, Wash. The Olympian reported that Larson raised nearly $112,000 through Kickstarter for his next product, a lens with 150 times magnification that he expects to produce this summer. (AP Photo/The Olympian, Steve Bloom)
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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A 23-year-old Olympia man who studied mechanical engineering at the University of Washington is finding a market for his invention — lenses that turn your cellphone into a microscope.

Thomas Larson's first product is a lens with 15 times magnification, which could be used by coin and stamp collectors, for example.

The Olympian reports (http://bit.ly/1hlbx27) he raised nearly $112,000 through Kickstarter for his next product — a lens with 150 times magnification that he expects to produce this summer. It has applications in science and education.

His business is called Cell Focus and he sells lenses through Amazon.com.

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Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com

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