Twist™ Flexible Digital Microscope

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Unique, easy-to-use digital microscope captures high-quality images (10 to 200x magnification) and bends to allow teachers and students to view even hard-to-see objects! Built-in camera and microphone enable students to record and describe their investigations and inquires, then download them to a PC or Mac. Use with your interactive whiteboard, projector or PC or Mac to encourage class demonstration or individual exploration. Charges and downloads via computer USB port. Compatible with PC (Vista, XP, Windows 7) and Mac OS X (10.5, 10.6 and 10.7).

  • Connects easily to a computer or interactive whiteboard
  • 10 to 200x magnification
  • Does not require purchase of batteries
  • Provides high-quality images that captivate students
  • Positions easily to view even hard-to-see objects
  • Investigate items previously impossible to look at through traditional digital microscopes
  • Encourages discovery — students can explore an object with both hands
  • Illuminates dark settings or objects
  • Allows students to record and describe their investigations and inquiries
  • Is ideal for assessment and boosts students' 21st-century skills
  • Download to your computer or upload to your class website, virtual learning network or assessment files
  • Designed for ease of use by primary and secondary students, and busy teachers
  • Transports easily from one side of the classroom to another
  • Provides a steady image
  • Includes measurement software so students can make accurate measurements and add dimensions to captured images

    For the latest version of the software, download now:
    For the PC Twist.zip (file size: 69MB)
    For a Mac

  • Software CD included


  • For the latest software version, download now:
    For PC: Twist.zip (file size: 69MB)
    For Mac: Twist_Mac.zip
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    Features:
    • true 1.3MP resolution
    • 15 fps frame rate
    • focus wheel
    • 6 LED lights
    • measurement software (XP, Vista)
    • SEN switch jack (adaptation for students with special needs)
    • Gooseneck measures 15.75"

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    Learning ResourcesTwist™ Flexible Digital Microscope
     
    2.5

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    50%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Interactive (5)
    • Entertaining (4)

    Cons

    • Poor instructions (5)

    Best Uses

    No Best Uses
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Education oriented (6), Parent of two or more children (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Wow!

    This microscope is really neat! It is relatively easy to use, right out of the box. My 7 yr. old was able to manipulate the microscope and focus it in on what he...Read complete review

    This microscope is really neat! It is relatively easy to use, right out of the box. My 7 yr. old was able to manipulate the microscope and focus it in on what he wanted to see. We had fun putting all sorts of things under it (rocks, hands, fingernails, etc...) and it kept us both entertained. The microscope is a little hard to focus so I had to do that part, but he had fun taking pictures of the different items. The software is user friendly, but doesn't have many instructions and it took a bit of time to figure out. I love that you can use the software to measure different areas of the pictures. All-in-all this is a great tool that is easy to use, but also very technical.

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    Two PCs, no joy

    Cannot install - tried two different computers. I see that 64 bit doesn't work only by reading reviews. There was a software disc, no instruction manual. Can't install software from download without it...Read complete review

    Cannot install - tried two different computers. I see that 64 bit doesn't work only by reading reviews. There was a software disc, no instruction manual. Can't install software from download without it restarting my main computer in safe mode. When finally running, won't recognise "the device" and tries to use my webcam instead. Absolute horror show - two very technical parents who have been trying since Christmas Day to get this working for our two children (our 9 year old boy received this at Christmas from us).

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    2.0

    it works on pc not on Mac(with mac software)

    By valentin

    from Springfield MA

    Comments about Learning Resources Twist™ Flexible Digital Microscope:

    it works with pc not with mac, i did install the mac software

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    1.0

    A worthless waste of money.

    By Frustrated

    from Richmond, Virginia

    About Me Educator

    Comments about Learning Resources Twist™ Flexible Digital Microscope:

    I used this in another teacher's classroom years ago, thought it would be a nice addition to mine. Wrong! It won't work on my Windows XP laptop despite shipping w/ a software installation CD for Windows XP! I wish I would have read the reviews before purchasing, hopefully it can be returned for a full refund.
    ps: I tried to give it 0 stars, but you can't - you must give at least 1 star or you can't submit your comment/review

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    • No

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    1.0

    Not Recommended

    By woodsy

    from Canada

    About Me Collector, Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent

    Pros

      Cons

      • Came Apart
      • Cheaply Made
      • Poor Design
      • Poor Instructions
      • Software

      Best Uses

        Comments about Learning Resources Twist™ Flexible Digital Microscope:

        Cant seem to get software to download seems to be common problem you would think they would fix. Dont buy this product.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        1.0

        Botany and Entomology Purposes

        By Botanist

        from Modesto, CA

        Pros

        • Light Works

        Cons

        • Cheaply Made
        • Not User Friendly
        • Poor Design
        • Poor Display
        • Poor Instructions
        • Unrealistic

        Best Uses

          Comments about Learning Resources Twist™ Flexible Digital Microscope:

          I have a MAC and this product is NOT friendly with my laptop. Once it was switched over to the USB connection, the screen was black. It worked good with my laptop camera, but I have no use for that. I need the magnification function. This was a waste of money and should really be redesigned.

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          • No

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          1.0

          Two PCs, no joy

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          By Disgruntled Mother

          from Vancouver Island, Canada

          About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Not User Friendly
            • Poor Instructions
            • Unrealistic

            Best Uses

            • Homeschool

            Comments about Learning Resources Twist™ Flexible Digital Microscope:

            Cannot install - tried two different computers. I see that 64 bit doesn't work only by reading reviews. There was a software disc, no instruction manual. Can't install software from download without it restarting my main computer in safe mode. When finally running, won't recognise "the device" and tries to use my webcam instead. Absolute horror show - two very technical parents who have been trying since Christmas Day to get this working for our two children (our 9 year old boy received this at Christmas from us).

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Compatibility Problems

            By Chaffee

            from Amesbury, MA

            About Me Education Oriented

            Pros

            • Entertaining
            • Interactive

            Cons

            • Mac Compatibility Problem

            Best Uses

              Comments about Learning Resources Twist™ Flexible Digital Microscope:

              The product seems to be an excellent concept for my needs as a nature educator, but BEWARE if you have a Mac with an operating system below 10.6!
              My Mac Notebook has OS 10.5.8, and it refuses to open the driver that comes on the CD. Same problem trying the drivers ofered on the website. The literature on the website makes no mention of this liability, unless you open the instruction booklet and read through it, where it talks about installing the software. I'm sure many, many teachers have macs with operating systems below 10.6, so this is a real problem. I hope the software developers solve this; otherwise, I'm stuck!

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              • No

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              3.0

              decent microscope

              By Kris

              from Washington

              About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Entertaining
              • Interactive

              Cons

              • Poor Instructions

              Best Uses

              • Family Time

              Comments about Learning Resources Twist™ Flexible Digital Microscope:

              This is a decent microscope and fun to observe treasures found on nature walks with our kids. It works great for home use, but if I had ordered this for my high school classroom I would have been very disappointed! Here are a few things to think about before ordering one.

              Magnification:
              The total magnification is 200x. On a compound microscope the smallest objective is typically 10x, but that should be multiplied by the optical lens (also 10x) for a total magnification of 100x. If the next objective has a magnification of 40x (40x*10x=400x) then it will have a magnification twice as powerful at this twist scope... so don't expect much better magnification than the smallest objective on your high school microscope. It is possible to view onion cell walls if you have a single layer of cells, but there is little to no detail inside.

              Focus:
              The microscope focuses by twisting a knob on the flexible part of the scope. It can be very difficult to focus because the lens moves the minute you remove your hand or if your hand moves while trying to turn it. The lens also has to be completely against the object to view it at 200x (if you can even get it close enough to get that much magnification). On 50x – 100x, my 4yr old can use it by herself to look at grass/leaves… but anything more powerful and the images are too "jumpy" for her.

              Software:
              The software is buggy and slow to install/open. Once it starts, it is easy to use. The images are not saved with the magnification you used to capture them. So if you want accurate measurements in the Twist Measure program, you have to remember it. I really wish there was software for my tablet so it was easier to take the scope with us to observe things.

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              • No

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              5.0

              So far - sooo good!

              By Environmental Volunteers

              from Palo Alto, CA

              About Me Education Oriented

              Pros

              • Easy Assembly
              • Entertaining
              • Fun
              • Great Value
              • Interactive
              • Realistic

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Group Activity
                • Indoor
                • Outdoor
                • Young Children

                Comments about Learning Resources Twist™ Flexible Digital Microscope:

                I just got this and downloaded the newest software from the learning resources website.

                I am using it on a mac mini which doesn't even have a CD drive, so being able to download the software was nice.

                Once the software was installed (which was super easy), it basically plugs in and is ready to go.

                I work at a nature center and this will be used for interactive exhibits, and for afterschool learning programs, and field trips.

                I know this is going to be SUCH a fun tool - I am excited to delve deeper into the micromeasure application, which allows you to measure what you are looking at, but this is going to be GREAT for looking at bugs, feathers, macroinvertebrates, basically anything.

                What a simple yet useful and impressive device.

                This is good for things that are not quite microscopic, which is great because compound microscopes are only so useful.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Great product, software buggy on 64 bit

                By Brian Deyo

                from Swaziland, Africa

                About Me It Staff

                Pros

                • Functional

                Cons

                • Buggy

                Best Uses

                • EDUCATIONAL

                Comments about Learning Resources Twist™ Flexible Digital Microscope:

                The software has a few small quirks on installation, and snapshot functions of the device don't work with Windows 7 64 bit.

                If you install this software on a 32 bit computer, the product works excellent as described and expected.

                We have two types of microsocopes from Learning Resources and they require different programs to function. It would be much easier to have a single application for all the devices.

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                • Yes

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Wow!

                By 3rd Grade Teacher

                from Vernon Hills, IL

                About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy Assembly
                • Interactive
                • Realistic

                Cons

                • Poor Instructions

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Learning Resources Twist™ Flexible Digital Microscope:

                  This microscope is really neat! It is relatively easy to use, right out of the box. My 7 yr. old was able to manipulate the microscope and focus it in on what he wanted to see. We had fun putting all sorts of things under it (rocks, hands, fingernails, etc...) and it kept us both entertained. The microscope is a little hard to focus so I had to do that part, but he had fun taking pictures of the different items. The software is user friendly, but doesn't have many instructions and it took a bit of time to figure out. I love that you can use the software to measure different areas of the pictures. All-in-all this is a great tool that is easy to use, but also very technical.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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