ST. LOUIS, Missouri--Microscope work can be straining on the visual and musculoskeletal systems. Workers are typically forced to sit in one fixed position with their bodies conformed to the machine for extended periods of time.
Worker discomfort coupled with less advanced optical and digital technologies have made traditional microscopes limiting and ineffective in many applications.
Dazor offers a solution to these problems that combines the technologies of high quality optics, digital cameras, LED lighting, glass displays, personal computing electronics and mechanics to produce a workstation-friendly digital computer microscope, the speckFINDER HD.
The speckFINDER HD is a digital computing microscope that not only offers magnification quality, but also is ergonomically designed to reduce the stress placed upon the body. Plus, because of the flat panel digital display, multiple people can view magnified images simultaneously and effortlessly.
"Dazor began our business by creating the 'floating arm' design for task lights more than half a century ago and that development revolutionized the lighting industry because of our products' ease of movement and durability," said Stan Hogrebe, president and CEO of Dazor Manufacturing Corp.
"We have been dedicated to improving the task lighting and magnification tool industry for decades, but the addition of the speckFINDER HD to our product line is a new foray into modernizing an industry."
Most traditional digital video microscopes are microscopes that are connected to a camera and computer. These pieces of equipment are bulky and consume work space with various cords running from unit to unit.
In contrast, the speckFINDER HD incorporates the microscope, camera and computer monitor into one compact piece of equipment. There are no extra cords and no need for an external computer since the unit has a Windows XP operating system built into it.
This allows users to work with and store images in multiple digital formats and network as needed. Plus, the speckFINDER HD has three USB outputs and a video output, allowing users to output files to a flash drive or project live images to an overhead screen.
The centerpiece of the speckFINDER HD is its high-resolution, full-color display monitor. Its wide viewing angles, more than 160 degrees horizontally and vertically, allow multiple users to view at once.
The flat panel is ideal for teaching and demonstrations, and can be easily moved via its articulating arm when not being used.
"The speckFINDER HD has truly integrated today's advanced technologies to commercialize the industry's first fully functional digital computer microscope, while at the same time solving the daily fatigue and physical problems associated with using conventional microscopes," Hogrebe said.
"This microscope will pay for itself by increasing productivity. Plus, with its added functionalities of image storage, networking and output for teaching, training, and retailing, the speckFINDER HD is an investment in the efficiency and operation of your business."
Dazor developed the speckFINDER HD in partnership with end users internationally.
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