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January 23, 2013 - Used to capture Hi-Res images and video, zipScope has built-in, adjustable polarizer to reduce glare from reflective surfaces. Magnification can be adjusted from 10x to 50x, and 8 white LED lights have 2 intensity settings. Additional features include ˝ in. color CMOS image sensor, automatic exposure, automatic white balance, and focus range of 10–50 mm. Supplied with image and video capture software, microscope shoots AVI format video at 30 fps and has imaging button on body.

Handheld Aven zipScope Gains Polarizer and 9-MP Clarity

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Aven, Inc.
4595 Platt Road
Ann Arbor, MI, 48108

Press release date: January 23, 2013

A 9-megapixel sensor significantly upgrades the Aven zipScope, a compact microscope for capturing high-resolution images and video.

The new model also gains a built-in, adjustable polarizer to reduce glare from reflective surfaces. Both features expand the zipScope's suitability for magnified inspection, technical applications and educational use.

Magnification can be adjusted from 10x to 50x. Eight white LED lights have two intensity settings.

"This hand-held device is ideal for assembly quality control, such as checking metal parts and production samples," says Mike Shahpurwala, president of the Michigan-based manufacturer of optical instruments and video inspection systems.

The contrast-enhancing polarizer assures superior viewing and precision close-ups of polished metal, silicon chips, ceramic, glass and other shiny objects. Polarized light microscopy also is suited for examining minerals, polymers and biological materials.

Image and video-capture software is included. Aven's zipScope has a ˝" color CMOS image sensor, automatic exposure, automatic white balance and a focus range of 10mm to 50mm via a large knob. It shoots AVI format video at 30 frames per second.

The case's rubberized coating provides comfort, durability and a sure grip. An imaging button is on the body, eliminating the need to tap an external keypad.

Applications include industrial and electronics quality assurance, science education, textile and printing quality control, fine art and jewelry appraisals, warranty claim documentation, images or video for training and other presentations, and crisp enlargements of collectible stamps and coins.

The zipScope has a USB power connection and an adjustable metal stand for fixed-position use.

A 2-megapixel zipScope also is in Aven's line of precision inspection instruments.

For more information, call the company at (734) 973-0099. A digital catalog is at

Visit Aven at Booth 4154 of Automation Technology Expo West (ATX West) at the Anaheim Convention Center from Feb. 12-14, 2013.

Aven, Inc. manufactures and distributes high-performance optical instruments and precision tools for microscopy, inspection and assembly. More than 800 products include video inspection systems, integrated portable microscopes, video borescopes, task lights and stainless steel tools for lab use and precision hand tools such as tweezers, pliers, cutters, screwdrivers, crimpers, knives and alignment tools. Brands include Mighty Scope, iLoupe, Technik and Accu-Tek.

An electronics innovator since 1983, Aven is located in a high-tech corridor of Southeast Michigan.
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