How to connect your microscope and iPad

Teacher presenting microscope slide from an iPad
Connect your findings to the big screen!

These days it seems like everything can connect to your smart devices. Some seem practical: you can connect your car, your home cameras, and your lights to your phone. Others seem… less practical. Connecting your toothbrush to your smartphone might have some niche appeal, but it shouldn’t be too complicated to remember to brush at least twice a day. But one very practical connection would be to connect your microscope and iPad!

But the trend of “smart devices” isn’t exclusive to consumer products. Machinery, research tools, and even microscopes are getting their much deserved entrance into the world of smart devices. If you’re teaching remotely or trying to share findings with your lab mates, you might be wondering: “how can I connect my microscope and iPad?” The good news is that it has never been easier to capture digital images and connect them to your smart devices.

Digital and Shareable Images

Digital imaging isn’t new, but it’s never been as easy or as interactive. Models like the Leica EZ4W and EZ4E allow for interactive learning via AirTeach, a mobile app available for both iOS and Android devices. This feature allows you to work with live image thumbnail overviews of all connected microscopes, share up to four images in class, or switch to a PowerPoint presentation to vary teaching content. Discover details in natural colors with up to 5.0MP capture resolution and 1080p live image. The integrated Wi-Fi camera of the EZ4W is fast and provides crystal clear imaging direct to your Apple or Android device via Leica AirLab app. That’s a whole lot better than everyone taking turns on one microscope, and the fact that you can capture beautiful, high-definition images of your specimens makes virtual learning and research a breeze.

Connect your microscope and iPad with Wi-Fi Connectivity

Speaking of Wi-Fi connectivity, some modern-day microscopes can officially be considered “smart” devices. Keeping college or university students engaged in the coursework becomes a lot easier with the Wi-Fi Education Solutions from Leica Microsystems. The EZ4E, as described above, exclusively uses the facilities network (WLAN or LAN) to allow students to connect to the microscope. This is an ideal solution if you don’t want to add additional Wi-Fi access points to your existing wireless network concept. The image output to the students’ viewing devices can be easily controlled using AirTeach, so you have everybody on the same page, all the time.

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Microscope Software

Do you struggle with a variety of instruments, protocols, and software interfaces in your lab? Leica Application Suite X (LAS X) is the one software platform for all Leica microscopes: It integrates confocal, widefield, stereo, super-resolution, and light-sheet instruments from Leica Microsystems. With this software, user spend more time researching and imaging tasks become more intuitive. From basic documentation to advanced life science research – LAS X directly navigates you to brilliant imaging! You can download the software here.

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