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  • Steve Mould
    Steve Mould  2 months ago +574

    Would *you* call it a microscope?
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    • Tami Bar
      Tami Bar 3 days ago +1

      I would say:
      This is a precursor to robot skins
      And that you like to use "weird" a lot, like you're trying to induce people to subtrans state or something, plus flashing lights, red pipe, flags all around

    • Shrub Man
      Shrub Man 9 days ago

      Tactile microscope?

    • ♡︎𝕤𝕟𝕒𝕚𝕝𓆏
      ♡︎𝕤𝕟𝕒𝕚𝕝𓆏 21 day ago


    • Fred K.
      Fred K. Month ago

      I see special applications. Couple it with a surface duplication device, and it could be used to allow a blind person to "see" the tiny details they would not normally be able to detect by touch. For surface duplication; en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin_Art
      A modified "Pin Art" board, with micro solenoid control for each individual pin, and a similar membrane over the top. The "imager" could then be pressed onto a tiny object, and a much larger magnified "image" replicated using the PinArt-based tactile "display".

    • elijah204
      elijah204 Month ago

      I would call it the world's most accurate reverse engineering device.

  • Cpt.AirWolf
    Cpt.AirWolf 2 months ago +2355

    I'd love to know more about the gel they are using, It seems absolutely incredible that a gel would conform to such small details so perfectly and yet have no memory in that it returns to it's original shape.

    • King of the Koopas
      King of the Koopas 21 day ago

      I love how someone who actually works for the manufacturer is completely ignored, while he’s stating what your asking

    • Yanoa
      Yanoa Month ago +1

      To be clear, they do have to replace these pads with varying frequency depending on what the application is. They wear and could potentially leave behind debris on the part being measured.

    • Joseph Fox
      Joseph Fox Month ago +1

      And what the gel tastes like

    • Pepper Provasnik
      Pepper Provasnik Month ago

      Probably aerogel

    • Anthony Weise
      Anthony Weise Month ago +1

      It's kinda natural and comment sense that a semi solid/liquid would form to anything that is placed on it with pressure or it pressed into something with pressure...
      What's so "unforeseen" to you?

  • Here and Now
    Here and Now Month ago +339

    I could probably watch about 12 hours of Steve pressing various objects into the gel and just describing what they are before moving onto the next one.

    • J. Haven
      J. Haven Month ago +2

      Right? I wonder what various kinds of feathers would look like - flight feathers vs down, etc

  • Ewa K.
    Ewa K. Month ago +40

    The wierd neon-colored image you can see used to create 3D model is called a normal map and it's meant to hold information about height of the object using different colours for different light angles. It is used widely in video games to create detail in low poly objects by changing how light reflects off of the surface.
    I find it fascinating they used normal map and not a regular height map but given the technology of 6 light sources it makes all the sense

    • Biff McGheek
      Biff McGheek Month ago +3

      Height maps contain less information than normal maps. Each pixel's color channel in a normal map contains information on the normal (orientation) of the surface, whereas a height map only contains direct vertical information.

  • Peter
    Peter Month ago +66

    It's actually nuts that you're getting such a deep depth of field on such small things, and you can even move them around a few millimeters and still retain focus. And you can capture it all with video and then share it with other people. Amazing.

    • RYO-kai
      RYO-kai 23 days ago

      That's a really good point. My experience with regular microscopes is that the focus is touchy and the depth of field is very shallow, unlike here where the whole object is in focus.

  • Michael Simms
    Michael Simms Month ago +27

    This is insane. We are getting to watch the first steps of an entire new tool that will change entire fields of study. It is amazing. I'm probably way more hyped about this then I should

    • [C.M.G]
      [C.M.G] Month ago +2

      Not at all! We're curious beings and seeing new innovations inspires our mindset!

  • optioN
    optioN Month ago +52

    We could actually use that almost every day at work to measure engravings on the toolings for chocolate moulds. Would safe us a lot of time.
    Super interesting 🧐👌🏼

  • Harnai Digital.
    Harnai Digital. 2 months ago +438

    As a 3D artist myself this was one of the most fascinating things I have ever seen in a long while. If produced massively across the globe. It could be really helpful in 3D Film Industry.

    • gin
      gin Month ago

      @Alan Berger you can only sell something for what the buyer is willing to pay in a free society, have you forgotten?

    • Harnai Digital.
      Harnai Digital. Month ago

      @torhgrim 😂😂😂 LOL Yup. I want this so desperately. making 3d visuals for my channel.lol would love to see your feedback.

    • torhgrim
      torhgrim Month ago +2

      You can bet your ass the artists who worked on the Lego movie would have killed to get one of these. I wonder if they could make a giant one and go press it on peoples face to extract a bump map :D

    • Philip Tregoning
      Philip Tregoning Month ago +2

      ​@Joseph Still $500 is for the hobby "mini" version. Steve was using the professional version.

  • Ben Cheevers
    Ben Cheevers Month ago +13

    Was really wondering about how easily it was contaminated and how frequently you would need to replace the gel, how expensive is the replacement and how easy is the process? It looked like everything you had on there had some dust or hairs, it seemed like it wasn't like you were constantly scanning dirty pieces but instead that the microscope itself had issue. Incredibly cool technology, I even want one but the dirt issue seems hard to deal with.

  • Michael Nelson
    Michael Nelson Month ago +9

    This has WILD implications as a mobile highly accurate surface measurer. Damn, I want one just to have. I bet they're expensive. Industry really needs to have this. Feels revolutionary.

  • Johannes Lusk
    Johannes Lusk Month ago +5

    I would love a larger scale of this, it would be amazing for modelling small electronics where the manufacturer doesn't provide 3d files

  • Jordan
    Jordan Month ago +3

    I work with 3D making games for a living. Seeing those 3D models being created was so cool. Essentially using the same information that's used to generate and render normal and displacement maps.

  • Anirudh Deshmukh
    Anirudh Deshmukh Month ago +32

    So cool. Its like making a normal map of a object 😍

  • jonathan perreault
    jonathan perreault 2 months ago +626

    im a 3d artist and i want one of these to make instant normalmaps from objects ,these look great

    • Thomas Andriessen
      Thomas Andriessen Month ago

      You can take a bunch (like 50 to 100) photos of an object and load them in to 'Meshroom'. It's a photogrammetry program that gives you a 3D model that includes colour. You can then load that model in to blender or some other program. It does have a hard time with verry reflective and translucent objects though.

    • ColdSig
      ColdSig Month ago

      @Multiarray Haha did it?! xD

    • Martin Baadsgaard
      Martin Baadsgaard Month ago +2

      @Asu Kan it would complicate the process tremendously if there were more lights. If what you are scanning is relatively small then an older chunkier flatbed scanner can be used as they have some depth focus and a light that's offset to the side. Just scan 4 times, rotating 90 degrees each time

    • Asu Kan
      Asu Kan Month ago

      @Martin Baadsgaard Does it have to be in a studio setting i.e., *only* light from the sides and dark from everywhere else or just increased light from the sides?

    • Ango Salvo
      Ango Salvo Month ago +1

      I would use it for displacement rather. Normal maps are useful only for realtime rendering.

  • Frederick Dunn
    Frederick Dunn Month ago +40

    Ok, Steve, I'm so glad that youtube thought to put your video in my path. That's an odd microscope indeed, and the gel is strangely sensitive. Removing color does indeed leave us with form, texture, and shadow. Photometric Stereo? Ok then. I wonder what insects would look like with this system? Does that gel wear out? So it has a quality control inspection use, also interesting. Jane Street Academy... sounds excellent. Thank you for all of this information. Well done. But then you already know that.

  • Hadanelith1
    Hadanelith1 Month ago +1

    what a *fascinating* tool. I personally don't have a lot of use for it, but I can just imagine machinists being absolutely delighted at the details and measurements you can get from it.

  • Tim Solinski
    Tim Solinski Month ago +3

    Never knew such thing existed.
    But this is really a valuable tool for a lot of people who do precision work.
    So thank you for brining it to my attention it deserves that.

  • Sam Yoder
    Sam Yoder Month ago +16

    I work at a jet engine company and we use these all the time! So cool to see!

  • Halvkyrie
    Halvkyrie 24 days ago

    I imagine this could be incredibly useful for making normal maps for added detail in 3d modeling

  • Lotmom
    Lotmom 2 months ago +635

    I was expecting a video on an Atomic Force Microscope, but this is far more fascinating! What a novel way to collect 3d data!

    • freerider t
      freerider t Month ago

      Heck out breaking taps channel

    • max ime
      max ime Month ago

      As a microscope enthusiast and former microscope student i agree this is really cool

    • NeoRipshaft
      NeoRipshaft Month ago

      haha I'm surprised to see someone other than myself comment on this within the top comments =D I hope he does check out or try to make his own atomic force microscope hehe (well, something analogous to one)

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      feedmewifi _ Month ago


    • Ofir Tirosh
      Ofir Tirosh Month ago +9

      I was also expecting an AFM, but I found this less fascinating. The magnification is just very minimal, you can see all the details here with the naked eye.

  • Jeff Wood
    Jeff Wood Month ago +2

    Sounds like it could be a major improvement to a thumbprint scanner. I’m a mechanic and get cuts and callouses on my hands every day. My thumbprint usually only lasts 2 days on my iPhone before I have to rescan it.

  • JP Concept
    JP Concept Month ago

    This multi-light setup that generates the depth and normal maps is the same method that is used to generate many textures and material used in games and film. You can do it yourself with a camera, a light and either free software or Adobe Substance. You can also remove the reflection from the images using cross polarisation by putting a polarising gel on your light source and in a different orientation on your camera.

  • VallieMC C
    VallieMC C Month ago +61

    Steve: this needs a sound effect
    Me: schlorp
    Steve: schlorp

  • Damien Karmichael
    Damien Karmichael Month ago

    I could imagine a larger version of this combined with a traditional 3d scanner to very quickly generate texture maps for game design

  • moxietoxic
    moxietoxic 22 days ago

    This reminds me of when my dad, a master carpenter, taught me to feel if 2 pieces are level on a small scale with my fingers instead of looking because it's way more accurate.

  • Harry Fullick
    Harry Fullick 2 months ago +813

    This would be awesome to generate height maps for making smart materials in substance.
    Just noticed the height map at 2:41 and wanted to plug it into substance.
    Mistook height map and normal map as the same thing by mistake here. Thankfully people seem to get what I meant

    • Смерть в бахилах
      Смерть в бахилах Month ago

      & 6:30 profit 2 it’s a pity that the aftor didn’t put the tip of a ballpoint pen there or traces of the electronic board or damage on the wires

    • Esger
      Esger Month ago

      @Paco That might be tricky to pull off. The slightest movement between shots will ruin the necessary alignment.

    • Mikołaj M
      Mikołaj M Month ago +1

      @Esger My engineer thesis was really similar. But I used 0,5x0,5x0,5m frame, 4 sources of lights and camera. Results were miserable but really good for a price I made that device (I think it was about 30$ not counting my own 150$ camera) I worked with textures but never came up with to merge that two ideas :D

    • Quin7et
      Quin7et Month ago

      I was just saying "it looks like a height map" and then I scroll down and see this. Artists thinks alike

    • Mark Zaikov
      Mark Zaikov Month ago

      That's what they've been doing AFAIK

  • rjc0234
    rjc0234 Month ago

    We have a 3d scanner at work that works on a similar, off less accurate, principle of shining a light onto something and taking a picture. It is amazing how it will confuse printed text as raised or lowered surface. This seems to be a great workaround the normal "spray paint it all grey" method we have to use.
    about a decade ago i worked with a charity to try and replicate a giant version of a medal. I tried photogrammetry to get a scan of a plaster cast of the medal (again, all uniform no shiny colour). it ended up terrible. Something like this would have worked amazing.

  • Hyowo Katzamuaio
    Hyowo Katzamuaio Month ago

    I'm now wondering: Isn't this microscope still optical since it uses light to create the shadows that form the picture?

  • screeb gaming
    screeb gaming Month ago +1

    This is like real life normal mapping. Super cool

  • CaTastrophy427
    CaTastrophy427 Month ago +2

    That mystery item looks like a watch battery and the surrounding parts, with a lot of overlapping layers of parts held in by small screws, I'm going to guess it's a complex mechanism... so, a watch? The movement of an analog quartz wristwatch?
    Edit: I realized after posting that I betrayed my knowledge of watchmaking with the terminology. For those who don't know, the "movement" of a watch refers to the mechanism, specifically the moving parts that make it work, the gears, the springs, and so on. In a quartz watch, it'd also include the battery and other electronic parts. The hands are also included but obviously not shown here.

  • Alfaaz Sama
    Alfaaz Sama 2 months ago +4148

    I still saw a mountain even with the image turned upside down. Didn't see a crater-

    • Eti-ini Effiong-Robert
      Eti-ini Effiong-Robert Day ago

      Same. With the numbers I could see the difference though

    • Zaid Seni
      Zaid Seni 5 days ago

      Me 2

    • The Vetolinist
      The Vetolinist 6 days ago

      Just imagine a light source from the upper left corner, that way the shadows make it look like mountain/crater.

    • Elena Ambronica
      Elena Ambronica 14 days ago

      I can't even tell what it is 💀

    • John Doe
      John Doe 20 days ago

      I also saw the lettering as indented in both images

  • Crazy
    Crazy Month ago

    I have 16 years as a US military aircraft structural mechanic.
    I love your presentation style. It's light and engaging.
    I have never seen our nondestructive technicians make a cast of an indentation. We use ultrasound, edy current, sometimes x-rays, and more rarely these days optical micrometers.
    Never the less. I need one of these, I would love to compare it to currently accepted techniques.

  • Justin Jones
    Justin Jones Month ago +4

    Does the gel leave a residue behind to the point to where you have to refill the gel over time?

  • WesternGecko
    WesternGecko Month ago

    Got to play with one last year. They're 40k. We were using it to look for pinholes in our product, but I mostly used it for coins

  • Schroeder9999
    Schroeder9999 Month ago +5

    There seems to be some limitations when used for surface features with high aspect ratio. For example, it wasn't able to discern the vertical fall off from the edges of the Lego brick pegs
    But none the less very interesting and could be very useful in a lot of scenarios
    By the way, what's the MTBF of the gel? (i.e. how many times can it be used)

    • Schroeder9999
      Schroeder9999 Month ago +3

      I'd probably call it a profilometer more than a microscope. But then again it can be one

    • Schroeder9999
      Schroeder9999 Month ago

      Oh... you mentioned it towards the end of the video... hahaha

  • sk
    sk Month ago +1

    I’m surprised they don’t use vacuums or air pressure to get the gel to conform more to the objects

  • Adriaan
    Adriaan 2 months ago +120

    Its incredible how well that gel conforms to objects

    • Ionut-Cristian Ratoi
      Ionut-Cristian Ratoi Month ago +4

      @MEMES FROM DEEP SPACE He actually did say that in the video, on the part with the stickiness. He said that it becomes sticky and needs replacing :)

      MEMES FROM DEEP SPACE Month ago +1

      I bet the gell have "working life time" ..... The gell Will be the thing Will replace regulary ..... 🤔🤔🤔

    • Ali Devrim OGUZ
      Ali Devrim OGUZ 2 months ago +12

      I think it is the 80% of that technology.

  • rashkavar
    rashkavar Month ago

    Nailed it! I recognized the battery from the mystery device after a bit of pondering, and then just guessed the most common application of that kind of battery.

    • Scott Owens
      Scott Owens Month ago

      I replaced a watch battery a month ago and remembered that. Lol

  • Austin
    Austin Month ago

    My past 5+ years of EM experience using various electron detectors approves this video on a fundamental level.

  • vonschlesien
    vonschlesien Month ago

    A note on the ML side - the thing Steve refers to is called "top down" reasoning, where the later "high-level" layers representing object types feed back into the earlier "low-level" layers representing shapes and edges. This is fantastically computationally expensive, and is one indicator of just how sophisticated the human visual system is.

  • mustardofdoom
    mustardofdoom Month ago +1

    I've been following this company for many years. Their technology is highly interesting. I'm mostly interested for bio-inspired designs and collecting surface profilometry of scales, scutes, skin, etc.
    A disadvantage of the method is that the surface of the gel degrades with use. Perhaps they are trying to improve this design, but I think it is probably unavoidable to some extent. That consumable cost is kind of expensive for casual use, thus restricting this method to only industrial uses.

  • M P
    M P Month ago

    The same technology is used in AOI machines worldwide to provide 3d models of the inspected board.
    Such precision is used to find out if components were assembled wrong, have defects got dislodged while going through the oven.
    Edit: those don't use gel though.

  • Young Stove
    Young Stove 2 months ago +100

    This would be an incredible medium to make some kind of animated movie, even just a short little thing. What i'm imagining is in the same vein as the "A Boy And His Atom" animation made with individual atoms.

    • Core Blaster
      Core Blaster Month ago +2

      @JustOneAsbesto You aren't very bright huh?

    • Golden Projects
      Golden Projects Month ago +4

      @JustOneAsbesto I mean isn't technically everything that it sees made of atoms?

    • Young Stove
      Young Stove Month ago +1

      @Nick Coleman yo thats perfect!

    • Nick Coleman
      Nick Coleman Month ago +11

      ‘A Boy and His Micron’ maybe?

    • Young Stove
      Young Stove Month ago +28

      @JustOneAsbesto I was not suggesting that it did, thanks though.

  • Jonnyreverb
    Jonnyreverb Month ago

    It's surprising that the gel doesn't capture more bubbles of air

  • Emily Rose Lacy-Nichols

    As someone who has taken apart watches, I knew exactly what that mystery object was 😂

  • memespace
    memespace Month ago +1

    Thanks for using an actual stereographic video and making it easy to cross my eyes to see that sea cucumber swim in 3D.

  • Joeyzoom
    Joeyzoom Month ago +1

    I've always had an issue viewing the crater of Neal Armstrong's bootprint on the moon. I always see the boot print as raised above the surface. From the knowledge gained in this video, I flipped the image 180 degrees, and voila, now I see the imprint instead. Amazing!

  • KJ Nelson
    KJ Nelson 26 days ago

    If you're interested in looking at other unique sensors, Event-Based Cameras (also called neuromorphic cameras or silicon retinas) are an interesting rabbit hole to go down. They use a unique approach to electro-optical sensing to get high fidelity of certain information in a very efficient manner.

  • David Miller
    David Miller 2 months ago +206

    That zigzag motion of the print head is "boustrophedonic". It is a literal reference to the motion of an ox ploughing a field, and you still usually see it in patents to describe print heads, scanners, etc.

    • WarpedWartWars
      WarpedWartWars Month ago

      I learned what that word meant in the context of writing systems.

    • George Samaras
      George Samaras Month ago +4

      Space filling curves

    • Levythan
      Levythan Month ago +6

      I'm here to learn where you learned this

    • hetzz
      hetzz Month ago +7

      This concludes my night, I've learnt enough. Thank you for that nugget of information.

    • Andriy Predmyrskyy
      Andriy Predmyrskyy Month ago +21

      I'm here to learn words like boustrophedonic

  • Hikola nikola
    Hikola nikola Month ago

    Your prints are pretty good :D
    Nice layers no gap, no loose belts, nice

  • erniewatson23
    erniewatson23 Month ago

    Would probably be good for 3d meshes in video game development

  • Becquerel
    Becquerel Month ago

    Makes it look like some sort of height map you can generate from 3D objects

  • Stone Draconis
    Stone Draconis Month ago

    I don't know about a microscope, but we'd surely hope to see this tech being used in creating 3D models

  • Richard Sándor
    Richard Sándor Month ago

    This company presented us this technology at work, it was satisfying and playful to try 😀

  • Death of all things potato

    With the crater illusion, I saw it as a mountain the whole time, even after seeing the shadows falling on it like a crater - the look of the inside of the crater looks so plateu like. Same with the indented text, in fact I think the top light source makes it stronger, and I did eventually recognise the crater, but I had to look closely at the shadows, and looking at the light side makes it look like a mountain no matter what.

    • eblackbrook
      eblackbrook Month ago +1

      He's attributing way too much importance to the "lit from above" assumption. We are all very used to seeing images shot from above where that doesn't apply. I saw the crater as a plateau in both orientations, and saw the print as indented / raised opposite to what he thought we should.

    • Death of all things potato
      Death of all things potato Month ago +1

      @LeoDaFinchy Or neurological. I'm autistic.

    • LeoDaFinchy
      LeoDaFinchy Month ago +1

      So, these replies: do the commenters regularly view satellite imagery? Are those images more typically from the northern or southern hemisphere? Do the commenters work in specialist lighting conditions?
      I'm sure someone could wring a doctorate out of studying the various ways humans interpret relief patterns and sociological effectors on that.

    • Grey Castro
      Grey Castro Month ago +1

      Yes, same! All my life, many photos of the surfaces of other planets or their moons have looked to me like they’re covered in mountains, not craters.

    • Mr Son
      Mr Son Month ago +1

      Yeah it was a mountain for me both directions. Then after reading this comment I went back up and rewound the video to when it was supposed to be in crater mode, and... it was a crater. I let it flip back to mountain mode, and it was still a crater. So for me at least, it seems to get "locked" as how I last saw it, regardless of rotation.

  • Invictus Domini
    Invictus Domini Month ago

    5:00 Thanks for making the left/right arrangement compatible with the cross-eye technique! 😸👍

  • Sugafree1of1
    Sugafree1of1 Month ago

    This is a gel sight. When you do analyze you can also create a 3d printable image enhancement.

  • Yrenne
    Yrenne Month ago

    The "crater" looked like a mountain to me no matter the angle. Even after you said it was a crater and flipped it, my brain couldn't un-mountain it. :D

  • Logarhythmic
    Logarhythmic Month ago

    If possible, it would be interesting to see an example of how the algorithm would interpret a color image. It would demonstrate the gap between how these algorithms interpret images compared to our brains.

  • Iris Andromedus
    Iris Andromedus Month ago

    This is the real life equivalent of a matcap or clay render in 3D rendering.

  • Haritha Jayasinghe
    Haritha Jayasinghe 2 months ago +62

    I work with lots of 3D LIDAR scans and one huge issue for us is the reflection off of reflective surfaces such as mirrors. Interseting how this gets rid of that, at least on a micro scale.

    • Thomas Williams
      Thomas Williams Month ago +1

      Mirrors look really interesting in a 3D picture. They're kind of like a hole.

    • Austin Patterson
      Austin Patterson Month ago

      Would training an algorithm be easier using this technique as a source of truth?
      Small images, and maybe large images later, could be developed accurately with this, but would that information from this technique help you train a model faster? And further, would information about small things like the quarter or matchhead be useful for larger scale applications of LIDAR such as autonomous vehicles?

    • Edgars
      Edgars Month ago +13

      Just tape a gel cube to the sensor and drive into things!

  • Sullivan Deffinger
    Sullivan Deffinger Month ago

    There was NO way i expected for that to be handheld! Thats NUTS

  • Ryleigh S
    Ryleigh S Month ago

    The crater illusion is tripping me out because of how inconsistent I'm finding it between people.
    The crater image only ever looked like a crater to me, while many commenters had the opposite experience. Then with the indented lettering, it looked indented to me the first way, and like it was sticking out while Steve is saying it obviously looks indented now XD
    That's the weird part to me.

  • Cyril
    Cyril Month ago

    We use similar methods in the game industry to extract height and normal maps using photogrammetry.

  • Matthew Hirz
    Matthew Hirz Month ago +1

    as a watch guy int interesting to see a miyota(owned by citizen watch company) quartz movement inside of a casio watch who can and does make their own quartz modules

  • Fieldie
    Fieldie Month ago

    Loving the expensive high-tech microphone mounting system you have set up! Hey it works lol

  • Andrew H
    Andrew H 2 months ago +53

    Nearly every mundane object under that type of imaging looks quite mesmerizing! I actually thought your stubble was one of the more interesting ones. It really shows just how cleanly the blades cut the hairs at the ends. The draping problem was the first thing that came to mind as someone who has done a lot of vacuum forming. But that’s very interesting that it’s not much of an issue as long as they can get the depth value. And as long as it’s not deeper than it is wide.

  • U1timate1nferno
    U1timate1nferno Month ago

    6:07 "This image looks like it's sticking out because the shadows are on the bottom, but by flipping the light source you see the reality that they're actually indented"
    That was the exact opposite for me. The first instance was clearly indented while the second was and emboss.

  • onionkypon
    onionkypon Month ago

    This technology can be insanely useful for 3D artists, although not this one since it's a microscope

  • Gecc
    Gecc Month ago

    I think my reaction to your example at 6:00 brings up an interesting point. See, I DIDNT experience the crater illusion when you used the touch microscope, and I think it's because humans are VERY good at context clues and learning; Because you'd shown me other visuals of the touch microscope, I was able to tell from the patterning around the letters that a flat, intended surface was pressed against the microscope, and that the letters were smooth because nothing was touching the gel surface. If they really had been protruding from the block, it would be the letters that had texturing, not the background.

  • Chemieju
    Chemieju Month ago +3

    I'd love to see a record under this

  • Ruud Geldhof
    Ruud Geldhof Month ago

    Interesting, the images that the 3d scanner (I think that's maybe more apt than a microscope) puts out already reminded me a lot of normal maps, tech we use in games to cheaply render 3d geometry on a flat polygonal surface. Which actually look exactly like the kind of purple image you see at 2:42 . Funny to see this tech show up in unexpected places

  • Somdude Willson
    Somdude Willson 2 months ago +39

    4:37 That's called monocular depth estimation and it very much already exists. There are quite a few open-source models that can estimate depth fairly well from a single flat image, and if you have multiple images from different angles there are neural networks that can build up an accurate model of the entire scene, sufficient to move a virtual "camera" around and through the scene and create new views in the process.

    • Derick Wong Friedrich
      Derick Wong Friedrich Month ago

      But how reliable and accurate are they? Probably not good enough for the purposes these camera gel deforming sensing things are bought for?

  • Jay
    Jay Month ago

    06:55 On an aircraft "Traditionally you would create a cast of the scratch and then measure the cast in the lab" - I never saw that. We could use ultrasonic inspection or other forms of non-destructive testing in-situ to measure the depth of the scratch. In any case, best to smooth it out to avoid stress concentration and the risk of crack initiation - re-checking to ensure that the panel thickness is within tolerance or safe limits.

  • numasmatics
    numasmatics Month ago

    This would be great for looking at error coins under the microscope !!

  • Roy
    Roy Month ago +1

    wouldn't using combination of lights and cameras like infrared or other lights with different wavelengths can achieve the same function without using gels?

  • Matæriarts
    Matæriarts Month ago +1

    This could be an award winning video for the “oddly satisfying” category, i just can’t stop looking at it

  • TheZombieSaint
    TheZombieSaint Month ago +2

    Could it be made into a a 3d scanner for micro resin printing? Maybe. I don't really know.

  • caveman
    caveman 2 months ago +68

    This is honestly amazing! You're so lucky to be able to play with. Is there any information on whether this is going to be sold commercially? I'd love to get my hands on this.

    • Ulforce Megamon
      Ulforce Megamon Month ago

      @Barrie Shepherd i mean , that happens with pretty much everything, the Spot robot of Boston Dynamics is 75k meanwhile the chinese knockoffs are way less expensive, even if both were of the same Quality , the original Spot would cost more due to all of the R&D involved , in the other hand the knockoff doesn't has that much R&D into it , and is less expensive due to that

    • caveman
      caveman Month ago

      @mustardofdoom Oh man, I guess us common folk won't be able to use it :/

    • mustardofdoom
      mustardofdoom Month ago +2

      I once received a quote for one about 4 years ago. It is in the tens of thousands to own. They offered a rental arrangement that is in the thousands. I don't know how much the gel pads cost, but they are consumable.

    • TigerGold 59
      TigerGold 59 Month ago

      @randallrun i would, if i had half the resources they have

  • Robbie H.
    Robbie H. Month ago

    So far my biggest problem with AI, is it seems to be the new fantasy we cling to about salvation. Also for all the problems ai creates the offered solution is often just more ai lol

  • Lyva
    Lyva Month ago +1

    The crator illusion worked opposite for me. Looked indented when lit from below and sticking out from the top

  • Cemag
    Cemag Month ago +1

    Great!! Anyone aware of any similar sensors from other brands that use the same technology?

  • tasnim rafid
    tasnim rafid Month ago +1

    put a sphere painted in vantablack (or something close) in that machine. i really want to see how the 3d scan turns out

  • Blaze Heckert
    Blaze Heckert Month ago

    I ran atomic force microscope (AFM) that used a tiny needle to bounce along the surface and generate images in the nanoscale.

  • Sick Lizard
    Sick Lizard Month ago

    IAs VFX artist I love that it creates normal textures. That´s a totally cool device for scanning hightmaps and normal maps. Especially for fabrics and general surface imperfections. Exciting technology

  • Gergely Szabó
    Gergely Szabó Month ago +1

    If you are interested in other touch-based microscopic devices, check out ATM (atomic force microscope).
    And if you are already checking it out, take a look at STM (scanning tunneling microscope) as well ...
    They are crazy devices

  • Ruby
    Ruby Month ago

    The gel seriously had me tricked that it was water. So glad I clicked on this video!

  • paj wubx
    paj wubx Month ago

    Just the first minute and a half makes this microscope seems interesting asf for me, since this is in my inexperienced short life (atm) very unique, interesting, and weird

  • Omar Dengel
    Omar Dengel Month ago

    when you were explaining the optical illusions of indented and sticking out parts, my brain works exactly opposite for some reason. the ones you called indented looked sticking out to me, and the ones you called sticking out looked indented. interesting...

  • Dziaji
    Dziaji 2 months ago +8

    Mould is on another level with his science videos. He always finds the most interesting and obscure stuff.

  • Aners
    Aners Month ago

    Steve. Look up NeRFs! You can do 3d photogrammetry and capture reflective objects. It's a bit different than you described doing but still relevant I think. Unless you mentioned them and I missed it.

  • Tom W
    Tom W Month ago

    Metrology has to be some of the most fascinating disciplines

  • Li Qin
    Li Qin Month ago +1

    Coolest technology I've seen in years. Makes you think about what else might be out there and kept from the public.

  • Alan H
    Alan H Month ago

    That is a super cool microscope. I had the watch innards picked pretty much immediately. Watch battery with no Hg, crystal resonator and plenty of mechanical bits that aren't in digital watches.

  • labiadh chokri
    labiadh chokri Month ago

    Nice video, I taught they will use ultrasonic imaging medical sensor to see the depth.

  • Hyperlophus
    Hyperlophus 2 months ago +21

    The gel in the microscope reminds me of doing replication of metal micro structures. Where one uses acetate tape or hardened polymer to take a replica of a surface to look at it under a microscope (optical or even SEM I believe).
    I’ve also seen demos of measuring devices that scan objects and make 3D model meshes, which are fun.

  • Ward Ulenaers
    Ward Ulenaers Month ago

    2:42 So it works simular to a normal map in games and vfx? Amazing!

  • Mattia Elefante
    Mattia Elefante Month ago

    Apart from the extremely interesting features and applications of this idea, one of my takeaway messages is the nth confirm that Hexagons are the Bestagons 🤓

  • RK 043
    RK 043 Month ago

    I’m wondering how big this ‘microscope’ can get. If the depth can’t be more than the width, it would mean bigger microscopes would have more overall use if it were wider/bigger i’d assume

  • Breno Rocha
    Breno Rocha Month ago

    The low framerate of the "microscope" together with it's texture makes the images look like clay animation. The sound effect made it complete.