At the 2014 forsight institute conference Neil Sarkar held a talk called "microscopic microscopes for the masses"
(There was a video online but I can't find it anymore. Was it removed?)
Today I got an e-mail notifying me that they finally sell their microscopes.
With a price point near $10k I doubt this will make it to the masses anytime soon though.
I think that's about one order of magnitude to high.
As I understand the point of the project was/is to pack/cram most of the functionality into/onto chip.
With $250 I think the tips are bearable priced.
I'm wondering though why the frame and rough positioning turned out to be so darn expensive.
Maybe this cries for a DIY 3D-printable replication.
AFAIK there are some people (on thngiverse) successfully doing high accuracy optical system mirror adjustments with just crude 3D printed parts.
For drift reduction maybe adding temperature control (via a Peltier element) is needed but I don't see that pushing the price to near $10k
So what makes the price?
Software ?! Machining ?! The linear bearings ??
Long range rough positioning vibration Piezo drives ?
Maybe secondary amplifier electronics ?