CDE (Centre for Defence Enterprise) funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research and works with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.
The Disruptive Innovation Festival is curated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and in 2015 will take place over three weeks from 2nd – 20th November.
The DIF brings together thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, businesses, makers, learners and doers to catalyse system-level change for a future economy.
Foldscope is an origami-based print-and-fold optical microscope that can be assembled from a flat sheet of paper. It has been developed by the research team at PrakashLab at Stamford University.
Although it costs less than 1$ US Dollar in parts, it can provide over 2,000X magnification with sub-micron resolution (800nm), weighs less than 8.8 g, is small enough to fit in a pocket (70 × 20 × 2 mm3), requires no external power, and can survive being dropped from a 3-story building or stepped on by a person.
Its minimalistic, scalable design is inherently application-specific instead of general-purpose gearing towards applications in global health, field based citizen science and K12-science education.
The 10,000 unit Beta program has seen microscopes deployed worldwide and participants are currently posting their experiences and videos at http://www.foldscope.com
Disruptive innovation indeed!