Unsupported browser

You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

Sign up for an Award

Participate with your entry in one of our professional or student awards.

Sign up for an award

Sign up for a Profile

Create your own profile and publish it in the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE.

Sign up for a profile

Learn more:

iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE

Present your project for free and win your share of EUR 50,000 in prize money.

Publish your project

Excelscope 2.0 / Medical device

Excelscope 2.0
Excelscope 2.0

iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD_01 2020

iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD_01 2020

The Excelscope reduces workload of medical staff in developing countries by automating the analysis of blood samples. It uses a smartphone, ball-lens and algorithms to magnify and identify malaria parasites (1 μm) in blood samples. The back cover of the phone was modified to raise the camera module and accommodate the ball-lens. In front lies the blood sample on top of a 3-axes moving system, fine-tuned to achieve micro stepping of 100 μm. This enables us to take 800 field of views in 8 mm², which fulfills the WHO’s recommendation for declaring a person malaria free. This device was designed for remote areas, with a battery of 30.000 mAh.

The Excelscope represents more than an innovative medical device. It's a statement to the world of what design can do. It's tangible, it's complex, it's concrete – and it can solve real problems for people. Design is a way to change the world, it's a way to define a better world, it's a way to radically improve people's lives. We are extremely happy and thankful to receive this award: It is wonderful to have been selected from such a great pool of impressive projects and talented people!
Winner Statement
University

Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology
Delft, Netherlands

Jan Sebastian van Ackeren & Francesco de Fazio,
Delft University of Technology

Linde de Jonge & Julieta Bolanos,
Delft University of Technology

Gerianne Boer & Krishna Thiruvengadam Rajagopal,
Delft University of Technology