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About Foldscope Origami Microscope

Foldscope Origami Microscope is a new product that is currently being featured in a Kickstarter campaign and which promises to provide people with a powerful but affordable microscope that can fit in your pocket. 

How Does It Work?

According to their website, the goal of the Foldscope Origami Microscope is “to bring microscopy out of science laboratories and into the hands of people around the world.” To do this, they created a portable and versatile microscope made mostly out of waterproof paper which has the ability to powerfully magnify images but without the bulk and expense of a conventional microscope. 

The makers of this product truly believe that by unshackling microscopes from lab benches and making them affordable, they will provide everyone with the ability to bring science into their daily lives and see what it’s really all about, without just reading about it in a book.

Giving people this ability will “enable the curious explorer in each of us and make science happen anywhere, anytime.” It will be especially useful in schools which can’t afford expensive, full-sized conventional microscopes, which is why part of their Kickstarter campaign is about raising funds to donate these microscopes to schools. 

Cost/Price Plans

Though this product has been available in the past it was only offered as part of a charitable donation program specifically aimed at schools in countries and areas that couldn’t afford the scientific resources they needed for their students. Currently it is only available for purchase through their Kickstarter campaign, where it can be purchased for $20, though it is unclear what the full retail price of this product will be once it is available through other stores or websites. 

According to their crowdfunding page, it seems as though this product will begin being shipped to crowdfunding donators during Summer of 2017, though these dates may change in the future.    

Refund Policy

Because this product is not yet actually being sold on the open market, they also do not appear to have any kind of published Refund Policy available for their customers at this time. Hopefully once their product actually begins being delivered to customers that participated in their crowdfunding campaign in the Summer of 2017, they will begin publishing these important policies, but until then customers will need to contact their Customer Service team with any questions they have regarding refunds. 

Customer Service Contact Info

Customers who would like to contact Customer Service with any questions, concerns, or complaints can do so by submitting them directly to them by using the Ask A Question link at the bottom of the Kickstarter page.


This product has currently been widely celebrated as a great step forward in the journey to helping spread resources and sciences to underprivileged countries that don’t have as many options and opportunities as those in more developed countries. Though there is believed to be practical issues with distributing this product as widely as this company wants to, the Foldscope is well-liked and respected for its affordability and its effectiveness. 

Competitors and Alternatives?

There is no doubt that the Foldscope Origami Microscope is the only product available that is quite as lightweight, portable, and affordable as this product is, due to its unique design approach. But there are still many different kinds of small, affordable, and likely portable microscopes available for customers who are hoping to find alternatives to this product.

If you have experience with this company or their products, please leave your Foldscope Origami Microscope reviews below.

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