In-Phone Case Eyepiece Adapter Captures High-Quality Images for Better Pet Health | Skoped Micro

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In-Phone Case Eyepiece Adapter Captures High-Quality Images for Better Pet Health | Skoped Micro

Who knew you could use an in-phone case eyepiece adapter to get clear and crisp pictures for your pet’s better health?

Well, Skoped Micro is an innovative app that makes digital pathology more accessible for microscopic diagnosis and research.

According to Dr. Cade Wilson, a veterinarian, a practice owner in Southern Oklahoma, and the inventor and co-founder of Skoped Micro,

“Skoped Micro is a company in which we’ve made a very easy way to connect the smartphone that you already own to a microscope you already own. We’ve also been working on an app and some software to solve some normal everyday problems that people have with microscopes.”

The Story Behind Skoped Micro

Skoped Micro website

A company formed two years ago but only launched its products recently, Skoped Micro came from a need to take a snap of high-quality photos through a microscope without burning a hole in one’s wallet.

It started when Dr. Cade went on a trip to Colorado with his father and brothers to film wildlife. Wanting to share the incredible experience with his kids who were at home and couldn’t go with them, Dr. Cade did some research on how he could do precisely that.

“I ended up buying a phone case from the company Phone SkopeⓇ. They’re an outdoor company for filming wildlife and birding and all kinds of stuff. And so, I settled on their case because it looked tough. And not that I needed something that looked tough. But I’m hard on equipment. And I’m like, ‘I need this thing to survive this trip with me’,”

he continued.

The trip did end up being a fun experience. However, during the long drive back to Southern Oklahoma, Dr. Cade began to wonder how he would use it again.

And as a professional who looks at a microscope a dozen or more times every day, it dawned on him: he could actually make an attachment out of it.

 

Skoped micro from binoculars

So, what he did next was,

“I took one of those adapters made for binoculars—or a spotting scope—and made one for my microscope. And it was not very pretty, but it was very functional. And so, that just kind of started me down this road, and I just steadily learned new tricks with it.”

Improving Pet Health Through Skoped Micro

For someone who uses a microscope a dozen or more times a day in his practice life, having the ability to take a picture that’s way better than the scribbling words vets like him write on paper helps a lot with making pets healthier and happier.

“The phone case that we have is made for, like, an everyday carry. It just goes on your phone… And then when I need to do something, I set my disc on and then connect my eyepiece adapter and voila! I just replace the eyepiece on my microscope, and I can use my phone as a viewer or record that with a normal function in my phone.”

Skoped Micro features and app

According to Dr. Cade, you can also do the same with the Skoped Micro app. Specifically, you can take pictures and videos. They also got a built-in micrometer that they’ve patented, as well as a broadcast function where they could either broadcast to their pathologist or a whole group.

“So, I instead of walking out to show them…they could just see what I was seeing, and that makes it real,”

Dr. Cade said.

He added that this had helped clients in the veterinary practice setting be more involved and help with follow-ups so that they can see the before- and after-situation of their pets.

Skoped micro from binoculars how skoped micro works

When asked what he had in mind for Skoped Micro’s future, this is what Dr. Cade had to say:

“We’re going to see where it rolls because I wanted to help as many people as possible… So, my focus is going to be veterinary medicine, first, initially in digital pathology and then education. We’re going to see where it goes because there’s no reason why most people wouldn’t have a use for it.”

 

 

Learn more about Skoped Micro!

Visit their website at https://skopedmicro.com/.

 

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Dr. Wilson: Hey, I’m Dr. Cade Wilson, and you’re tuned in to The Animal Innovations Show.

Chris: Tell us who you are and how you’re innovating and helping animals.

Dr. Wilson: I am a veterinarian and practice owner in Southern Oklahoma, but I’m also the inventor and co-founder of Skoped Micro.

And Skoped Micro is a company in which we’ve made a very easy way, to connect the smartphone that you already own, to the microscope you already own. And— so, that was our initial thing was just making that attachment.

We’ve also been working on an app, and some software to solve some normal everyday problems,  that people have with microscopes.

Chris: This is something really revolutionary and really cool— because you just think about all the microscopes— I’m sure in your daily job, right? You’re using a microscope— so, I can see so many applications for this.

Dr. Wilson: Yeah, I mean— early on, I first made one. I used a phone case made by an outdoor company Phone Skope, and it was made to connect to binoculars, or a spotting scope and fill wildlife.

And I had one, and I came up with an idea, to attach that to my microscope. I use a microscope a dozen or more times a day—

And so fast forward, 6 years now, I’m partnered with Phone Skope, and we make these for anybody. The phone case that we have is made for, like, an everyday carry It just goes on your phone.

When I need to do something, I set my disc on, and then connect my eyepiece adapter and voila— I just replace the eyepiece on my microscope. And I can use my phone as a viewer, or record that with a normal function on my phone.

With our app, we do the same thing— You can take pictures, you can take videos. We’ve got a built-in micrometer, we’ve patented. We have a broadcast function, where I could either broadcast to my pathologist— In COVID, we actually were broadcasting to my clients in their cars. And that way they could see what I was seeing. And that makes it real.

Chris: So, when you’re looking through a microscope,  there’s no way to grab a picture or video— I mean, to show people.

Dr. Wilson: A lot of the camera systems made from microscopes are expensive. You may be looking at an eight or $9,000 microscope camera.

Chris: Wow.

Dr. Wilson: That’s just going to take a picture. That probably will send it to your computer. But we all own a great camera. We carry it everywhere we go.

And so if you already own a microscope, you already own this microcomputer, we carry around. We’re selling a product that’s going to cost under $200.

You already own the expensive things.

Chris: I was going to say. It seems like every time they come out with a new phone, right. They’re adding more megapixels, and it’s getting better quality, higher capacity, faster. There’s no sense in trying to replace that and upgrade that all the time.

If somebody upgrades a microscope, fine, you can still use the same device now, to capture this.

I love the idea that you’re using this to now— to share it, to show people in real-time what’s going on.

Dr. Wilson: Now, I know if you’re with me, I know you’re looking at what I want you to see. We’re watching a little micro TV, and we’re just looking at whatever the problem is.

I didn’t even think about it early on, but social media has been so huge for our practice, because people love to look through microscopes. They’re just infatuated with it.

But I can make these clips about micro flaring heartworms, or hookworms, or people like things that move. So, I can now put that on my social media page, and then make a little educational blip about it.

So, I’m teaching my clientele, and then by then they are finding things, before they’re—you know, as bad as they used to be. And so we’re getting those pets treated earlier. That’s really neat to me because we’re making a difference.

In that— I had— case point, I had about a month ago, we took a mass cell off a dog, and so I made a picture. I did a little educational like: here’s a mass cell, I showed it on the dog. Then we showed microscopically what the cells look like.

People love that. I just know that it’s going to help other people. And that was the whole reason I finally decided: I’m going to do it.

Chris: Take us back to a time where you came up with this idea.

Dr. Wilson: I had researched different things, and I ended up buying a phone case from the company Phone Skope. And they’re an outdoor company for filming wildlife, and birding, and all kinds of stuff. 

And so, I settled on their case, because it looked tough. And I’m like, “I need this thing to survive this trip with me.”

And so— purchased that, went out, and had just so much fun. And so on that drive, I was just kind of thinking through the different things, and looking at this phone case thinking… how am I going to use this ever again?

And it dawned on me, that I looked at a microscope— a dozen or more times every day, and I wonder if there’s a way I could make an attachment. So, I thought I could make something. So, I took one of those adapters made for binoculars, or spotting scope and made one for my microscope.

That just kind of started me down this road. And I just steadily learned new tricks. Then I started teaching staff, and then I’d walk the clients back, and then Phone Skope and I connected through Instagram. We found each other.

It was the old: How are you doing, what you’re doing? And so, we talked through the dynamics of, how we brought my idea to the masses. The more I thought through the dynamics of it all, and how well it helped me.

I needed to do it. We need to figure it out. And so, we formed our company about two years ago, with all of our products, it’s a 100% satisfaction guarantee. I wanted to give back to that realm.

And so if you are in person or not, you can be brought— screen, to your student’s iPhone and they all live on their iPhone. Why can’t they learn to it?

And it’s been pretty amazing. We keep adding new ideas. We’re working with some pathology companies, working on the next step into life pathology.

Right now, my focus is on veterinary medicine, but anybody who lives their life, with their microscope, there’s a function. I don’t know where it goes, and I’m not going to hold it back. I’m just going to keep kicking it down the hill.

We’re going to see where it rolls, because I wanted to help as many people as possible.

Chris: I love just such a simple idea that you started with, and it’s just amazing to see where it’s going. 

Dr. Wilson: We’re going to see, whatever it’s meant to be, is going to be. I’ll just do the best in my job to juggle my hats. Between being a veterinarian, being a microscope guy, and being a girl softball coach on the side.

I’ll wear those hats— on what time of day it is. But I’m interested as you to see where it goes, and what new problems we can solve.

Chris: Dr. Cade, it seems like it’s been a journey for you thus far. What have you learned about yourself in the process?

Dr. Wilson: I’ve learned a lot about myself, my staff—my normal life staff, my veterinary practice. They always tell me that I didn’t do very good multitasking, because I was not a girl.

But I’m going to tell you I’m a good multitasker. I’m world class now that I’ve learned patience. These things don’t happen overnight, even though I want them to be working on the app, especially.

Like— working with coders, and— just because I dream it and pray for it, doesn’t mean it’s going to show up on my phone tomorrow.

So, if I just keep doing my job, whatever that job should be at that moment, the time will be there.

Chris: I mean, Cade, this has been really interesting to hear, the story and the journey. I’m excited to see where you’re going.

Is there anything else you want to mention, before we wrap things up today?

Dr. Wilson: I think everybody is more interested in knowing more about that. They can go to our website— and we had a blog issue recently—

Skoped with a K. So, S-K-O-P-E-D Micro.com They can follow us on social media. We have Facebook and Instagram, and then if there’s anything that people have that you’re like: “Wow, is there something you can do?”

Hey, we’re interested in hearing all things.

Chris: Nice, I love that. And I’m really excited. Like I said, to see where this goes. And I’m really glad that you came on the show to talk about it.

And I’ll just remind our viewers and listeners, if you’ve got an innovative idea like, Cade did. Who knows where it’s going to go, right.

So, we’d love to have you on the show to talk about it. Just go to INNOVATIONS.SHOW and we’ll get you on and talk about it.

So, thanks again, Cade, for coming on. I really enjoyed the conversation.

Dr. Wilson: Hey, thank you.

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