Vision Engineering’s eyepiece‐less stereo microscope is awarded the 2016 Microscopy Today Innovation Award, as one of the ten best microscopy innovations in 2016.
The Lynx EVO was chosen for this award based on its importance and usefulness to the microscopy community by providing a better and faster method of analysis using innovative technology. The innovative technology built into the Lynx EVO makes it an unrivaled ergonomic stereo microscope, improving the operator’s comfort which increases user efficiency.
Unlike conventional microscopes, the eyepiece‐less technology built into the Lynx EVO overcomes the ergonomic challenges faced with binocular microscopy. Operators experience both optical and postural ergonomics giving them ease of use with less physical strain. Users can sit back from the viewer giving them freedom of movement which reduces eye fatigue and postural strain associated with a fixed body position required when using a binocular microscope. Another added benefit is that operators do not need to remove glasses or safety glasses to use the Lynx EVO.
Stephen Sanderson, International Product Manager, Vision Engineering, explains, “by improving user ergonomics, Lynx EVO allows operators to work more efficiently and effectively, maintaining high levels of accuracy for prolonged periods. So the user benefits from significantly improved comfort and the company benefits from improved quality and productivity”.
Lynx EVO employs Vision Engineering’s patented Dynascope® eyepiece‐less optical projection technology. At the heart of the Dynascope® eyepiece‐less technology is a spinning multi‐lenticular (multi‐lens) disc. On the surface of the disk are more than 3.5 million individual lenses (known as lenticules), which act as independent image‐forming surfaces. Each individual lens has a diameter of just a few microns (0.001mm). The multi lenticular disk spins at high speed to merge the millions of individual optical paths into a high‐clarity image. Light reflects from the Dynascope optics, exiting the single viewing lens as twin (stereo) light paths. The large diameter of these exit rays (approximately 30mm) means users do not need to precisely align their eyes with the viewing lens in order to see the image, since the exit pupils are projected out from the head of a viewing window. This arrangement does away with IPD adjustment, allowing spectacle wearers to keep their spectacles on. In addition, this technology gives the user freedom of head movement. Users can move within the optical path to effectively look around a subject without moving it.
Lynx EVO at work
Lynx EVO is used for a wide range of precision visual inspection and manipulations tasks requiring stereo (3D) imaging, and is especially beneficial for applications requiring prolonged use. Industrial applications include: manufacturing quality inspection of fibre optics, solar cells, packaging, printed circuit boards, engineered components, electro mechanical instruments.
Life science applications include: sample investigation (e.g. forensic analysis), sample preparation tasks, critical inspection of medical and laboratory devices and samples (e.g. blades, stents, catheters).
Lynx EVO can also be used from behind the glass of a laminar flow cabinet, improving safety, or reducing the risk of contamination to applications such as stem cell research.