2018 Volume 36 Issue 4 Pages 294-301
Recent progress in the Lab on Chip (LOC) technology has made it possible to analyze microscale objects in microfluidic devices under a microscopic environment. Vision-based microscopic analysis systems have a limitation in terms of their analysis range owing to the limited view area of the optical microscope used in photomicroscopy. Thus, expansion of the view area during microscopic observation is required. In this paper, we propose a view expansion system for photomicroscopy based on the viewpoint movement using a Galvano mirror. We develop a prototype of the proposed microscopic view expansion system that consists of a microscope, a Galvano mirror, and a vision system. Experiments are conducted to compare the view area of the proposed microscopic system and a normal microscopic system; the photographable range of the developed system is experimentally derived and evaluated. Finally, our system is demonstrated through panoramic image developing experiments for an expanded view area.