Beginner Level Miscroscope


The Tokyscope is an easy weekend project utilizing the Tokymaker to replicate a simple microscope. The Tokymaker will transform your phone into a microscope that can magnify and vary luminance. This project will engage young minds to explore the microscopic world.

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Curious about the world? Interested in what everything is really made of? Our phones are equipped with only a certain range of zoom capability. With the TokyScope we can delve in a little deeper and figure out what you cannot see with the naked eye.

We are going to replicate the focus and luminance functions of a microscope. Using two potentiometers as the inputs, we can control two servo motors and an LED. The potentiometer will allow us to control the range the servo motors are lifting the phone to adjust focus on the specimen. The potentiometer will also allow us to control the luminance of the LED to give the specimen light contrast.

Materials & Tools


Learn to code your own prototypes using the simple visual coding interface and just one finger and program it without installing software or connecting cables. Understand the principles of operating system electronics connecting in the most intuitive way, a large variety of sensors and actuators.

LED light

LED, also known as light-emitting diode is a light source that is able to adjust its luminance and color.


A type of fastener consisting of two strips. One strip is covered with loops and the other with flexible hooks. When the two strips are pressed together the hooks will grab onto the loops.

Rotating Potentiometer

Rotating potentiometers provide a range of electrical charge. Rotating the potentiometer will allow an adjustable range of control. Examples can be volume or position controls.


Heavy-duty paper with multiple layers to create durability, but also maintaining foldability. Cardboard usually made of a corrugated fiberboard sandwiched between two flat layers of paper.

Clip-on Microscope

Contains magnifying lens to help extend the phone’s zoom capabilities. The clip allows the lens to be attached hands-free on different objects.

Servo Motor

A servomotor (also called servo) is a device similar to a DC motor that has the ability to be located in any position within its range of operation, and remain stable in that position.


A writing utensil usually consisting of graphite encased in wood. Due to its cylindrical shape, pencils can also act as a great axle or shaft.

Box Cutter

Also known as a retractable blade knife is a great tool to cut cardboard or paperboard.


Templates for the TokyScope can be downloaded in the links below:

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Assembly Instructions

Step 1: Download and print the TokyScope templates.

Step 2: Cut out the shapes onto cardboard.

Step 3: Assemble the Base.

Don’t forget the Servo Shelf needs to be placed between the slots in the Base before you finish the Base assembly.

Step 4: Place the potentiometers into the slots on the side of the Base.

Step 5: Velcro the LED down to the bottom of the cardboard.



Step 6: Place the servomotors into the slots on the Servo Shelf.

Lock the servomotors into place by slotting the strips of cardboard into the Servo Shelf.


Step 7: Assemble the Phone Tray.

Step 8: Lock the Phone Tray into place with a pencil.

Make sure you line up the holes on the Base with the Phone Tray.

Step 9: Place the Slider into the Base slots.

Step 10: Connect the servomotors, potentiometers, and LED to the Tokymaker.

When connecting the inputs and outputs into the Tokymaker, make sure that the brown strip on the servomotors are connected to the top pin (the negative on the Tokymaker).

Step 11: Slide the Tokymaker into the Toky Holder and assemble onto the Base.

Maker sure you slide in the Toky Holder at an angle to the Base so that the Tokymaker does not slide out.


Now let’s connect the Tokymaker to Bluetooth and work on the code!


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Go To Shop

Purchase different sensors and accessories in the shop to help make your project a success!

TokyProject Designers

Michael DiGregorio

Tokymaker Shifu
Joined the TokyLabs team summer of 2018 for a summer internship. Student at Stevens Institute of Technology studying electrical engineering.
Hobbies: Card tricks, History, and Reading

Mendy Yu

Tokymaker Shifu
Joined the TokyLabs team summer of 2018 for a summer internship. Student at Rochester Institute of Tehcnology studying mechanical engineering.
Hobbies: Puzzles, Arts&Crafts