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The Zoomy ~ A Scientific Must-Have!
Life Science has always been one of my favorite topics and as a former Science teacher, I want to make sure that I pass on my love of the subject to Riley. Now I...Read complete review
Life Science has always been one of my favorite topics and as a former Science teacher, I want to make sure that I pass on my love of the subject to Riley. Now I may be a little biased in this opinion, but I don't think that the importance of Science can be stressed to children enough. It is a subject which utilizes reading, writing, mathematics, deductive reasoning and creative thinking and teaches us the way our world works. I love getting out in the backyard with Riley and examining every leaf, rock, insect and spider we come across. Thanks to Learning Resources and the Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope, we can study our findings in a whole new way. Keep reading to find out why this is a scientific tool no child should be without!I can recall when I was about 10 years old, I received my first microscope, which was a very bulky contraption that needed slides, cover slips, an electrical source or the sun for the microscope's light. It was also extremely hard to get the specimen in focus and then, there was no way to capture what you saw to share with others or keep for yourself.Boy, how technology has changed the way we do things! The Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope is the easiest microscope to use and is even recommended for children ages 3-18. Imagine that...a 3 year old operating a microscope! All that's necessary is a laptop or computer which contains a CD-ROM and USB port, so that you can upload the imaging software and plug the Zoomy directly in.The Zoomy also comes with two adapters for face/scalp and nose/ears. These adapters snap on the end of the Zoomy and allow you to put the microscope directly on your own skin or hair, without damaging the lens in any way. Notice from the first picture below, how every freckle, hair and even the texture of my arm's skin are seen perfectly using the Zoomy.I also love the compactness of the Zoomy as well as how it contains its own LED light source and requires no batteries whatsoever. This device runs completely off your own computer's power and is so small and lightweight, that it could be tossed in your laptop bag for scientific discoveries on the go. As a matter of fact, if you are using the Zoomy along with a laptop, then you can examine anything interesting you come across right then and there. That's how Riley and I came to discover our backyard in much greater detail. We plopped down on our bellies with my laptop and the Zoomy and studied everything we could find. Just check out our up-close pictures of a seashell, plant's stem and leaves and a piece of bark.The Zoomy offers 35-53X magnification and focusing this microscope is super simple. All you have to do is slowly twist the top section of the Zoomy back and forth until the item pops into focus. The high-resolution images displayed on your computer screen are crystal clear and capturing your discoveries is as simple as clicking the silver button on the top of the Zoomy. I was able to take the four pictures you see above in a matter of minutes and couldn't get over how quick and easy this was to do.I think that Learning Resources has hit a home run with the Zoomy Digital Handheld Microscope for it works well with almost any computer...simply plug and play. You will need to install the microscope's software, which is contained on a smaller CD, so if you happen to have a CD-ROM drive which doesn't open up but rather requires the disc to slide directly in, you won't be able to use this smaller disk. In this case, you can install the software directly from Learning Resources site using this link.This microscope also works well with projectors or even interactive whiteboards, making it the perfect classroom tool too! I wish I would have had one of these when I was still teaching, for I know that this would have brought new life and interest to our lessons and a way to share fascinating finds with the entire class. I can't recommend the Zoomy Digital Handheld Microscope from Learning Resources enough! A device that encourages hands-on investigations and scientific inquiry which can be used with children ages 3 to 18? Now that's money time and money well spent!I received the Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope from Learning Resources in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. This product review is based on my own personal experiences with this item and is completely honest and objective.
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Use Photo Booth software to make it work
Making it work in a Mac:The 3"-diameter software disk does not fit in an iMac (OS X, v 10.6.8) so I downloaded the software from the Learning...Read complete review
Making it work in a Mac:The 3"-diameter software disk does not fit in an iMac (OS X, v 10.6.8) so I downloaded the software from the Learning Resources site, as indicated in the instructions. There are two choices for Mac software. I picked version 3.1.03 to match the product number.However, I could not make the microscope work with the Digital Viewer software. All I saw was a black screen, even when made sure I set the Device to USB 2.0 Camera under Settings...Device Setup. After reading the reviews on this site I tried using Photo Booth. I changed the input (under the Camera pull menu) to USB 2.0 Camera. Finally, the image displayed in the PhotoBooth window.USE:The image quality is nice and the unit is easy to hold in ones hand. Similar products do the same thing. I wouldn't recommend this product for Mac users until the company offers software that is suitable, or explains how to use the existing software. In the year 2013, when everything is plug-and-play, there is no excuse for not making a product easy to use, right out of the box. Perhaps another reviewer will explain how to make the Digital Viewer software work.
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Exciting Learning Tool Using a Mac or PC
from Frisco, TX formerly Beaverton, OR
About Me Education Oriented
Comments about Zoomy™ Handheld Digital Microscope:
The ability to allow a group of students (young or old) to view a magnified object leads to an eruption of group discussion. It's also great for the individual.I just got this today so after reading a number of complaints regarding its use with a Mac, as the tech specialist in an elementary school which uses both Macs and PCs, I decided to immediately check it out.Small hiccup with both but easily rectified. The PC gave me a black screen when I first tried but I went to Settings within Digital Viewer, selected Device, selected USB 2.0 Camera, quit the program and started it again. Voila! Basically the same with the Mac. It defaulted to the iSight camera but once I made the change the Zoomy worked. Yes, you do have to download the software. Just be sure you download the correct version.A few minor hiccups warrants a 4 but definitely nothing less. Of course, only time will tell about durability. I taught math and science for 30 years. I wouldn't hesitate to add this tool to my lab.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Easy for kids to use & learn with.
from Holden, MA
About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children
Highly recommended!The Microscope is VERY easy to use and works fine on Mac OS X 10.9 and Windows 8. Just download the Zoomy software, plug in the 'scope and off you go!On the plus side, the Zoomy is very easy for young kids to use and the shutter button is easy for them to operate. The images are surprisingly good given the low-res 640x480 sensor. The focus adjustments are easy to make and the design means that focus doesn't drift or change easily, which is really important.The only thing we really don't like is that there is no way to adjust or disable the LED lights. We found that some bugs move away from the bright lights. Additionally, it would be really great if the Zoomy had a tripod mount. We think pairing the Zoomy with a GorillaPod flexible tripod would really open up some new possibilities!All in all, the Zoomy is a really great microscope, designed for kids in a way that appeals to them. With a couple more features, it could be nearly perfect.I would love to see a Bluetooth version come along and introduce Zoomy to iOS devices. This thing is begging to be freed from the cable.
A PC "Preferrer"
from Calgary AB
About Me other
This thing is great but the one problem is that it is no installable on mac book pro, I have a PC but it is a little slow so I don't us it very often on there.
Merchant response: We are sorry to hear that you are having problems with your Zoomy. We have an updated MAC software that should work with your MAC which we would love to email you and walk you through the installation process. Please contact our customer service team at email@example.com and they will be able to help you. Thank you.
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Works on my Mac 10.9.2 :)
I guess I'm lucky, but the Digital Viewer 2.0 software works great on my iMac with OSX 10.9.2 (Mavericks).
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By Young Scientist
from New York, NY
No Mac support? Really? Do you realize most real scientists use Mac? Epic fail.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Fun for everyone
from Central IL
My 3-year-old received this as a Christmas gift from her grandpa. It was really a gift for our whole family, because we all really enjoy using it. My 3-year-old has looked at just about everything in our house with it, and she is fascinated at what everything looks like when magnified. It is a great learning tool, and entertaining for everyone, including adults. The magnification quality is great, and you can use it on just about anything. I am looking forward to warmer weather when we can use it on things outside.
from Chicago, IL
I am very happy with this product. It works on my Mac just fine (I downloaded software directly from website rather than use the weird-looking CD). The "focusing" (when you turn the top to sharpen picture) works better than I had expected. We have taken some nice snapshots of leaves, clothing, skin, and many other interesting objects.
Some of the features that I found most appealing about Zoomy were:it fits perfectly in little handsit is easy to use and set up - a simple USB cord connection to your computer is the only setup neededhands-on investigation is encouragedit only needs one hand to operate, leaving your other hand free to manipulate the object you are investigatinghigh quality images are able to be uploaded into a class site or learning networkeasy to set up on virtually any computer or interactive whiteboard
Very cool, but can't take photos
from Ontario, Canada
We love the product, but can't capture images. I'm guessing it is because I am using Windows 8.1 on my laptop, but we'll try it next on our desktop running Windows 7. Wish I could use my laptop, because it is more portable! It would be fantastic to have a software update for Windows 8.1.
Merchant response: Thanks for your review. Our Zoomy does work with Windows 8. If you need assistance with the Zoomy, please contact customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org and they can help you. Thank you.
I have a MacBook Pro
I had to download the driver from this website. I called a company representative and she directed me to the download. I successfully accomplished that hurdle. I then had to look into having my Mac see the external camera. If you are taking pictures, open iPhoto go to file and select USB camera. If you are making a video, open quick time, go to file and select USB camera. Hope this helps.