A joint effort between Mattel and Intel Corp. has produced a computer-enhanced microscope that lets kids magnify and display objects on their PC screens. The QX3 Microscope uses the same technology common in digital cameras. The microscope, intended for children ages 6 and up, allows you to magnify, examine, and capture still, moving, and time-lapsed images. And unlike a traditional microscope, the imaging unit can be detached from the base to let kids roam and explore things around them. CD-ROM software and accessories such as prepared slides, containment dishes, sample jar, plastic tweezers, an eyedropper, and handbook are all included.

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