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Zeiss Microscope Wins Design Prize

Photonics.com
Jun 2010
GÖTTINGEN, Germany, June 11, 2010 — The Primo Vert microscope, developed by Carl Zeiss with the support of the design agency Art-Kon-Tor, has been honored with one of the world’s most coveted design prizes, the 2010 reddot product design award. The microscope was chosen as one of the winners from more than 4,500 international applications.


The Primo Vert microscope developed by Carl Zeiss with the support of the design agency Art-Kon-Tor has been honored with the 2010 reddot product design award.


The Primo Vert was launched on the market by Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH in December 2009. The inverted microscope is designed for fast and convenient inspection of living cells, and can be used in routine laboratories and research. Typical fields of application include cancer and HIV research. The outstanding features of the microscope are its intuitive use and special industrial design.

“Winning this internationally renowned design award is seen as a seal of quality and confirms the leading edge product design of the Primo Vert,” said Thomas Bocher, Business Sector Manager at Carl Zeiss MicroImaging. “In particular, its lateral contouring in the form of a double ellipse generates a look and feel of dynamism that additionally underscores the practical value of the microscope.”

The reddot product design award has been presented since 1955 and is one of the world’s most prestigious product design accolades. The official award ceremony will take place with more than 1000 guests on July 5 in the Aalto Theater in Essen, Germany. From July 6 to August 1, all winning products will be exhibited in a special show titled "Design on stage – winners reddot award: product design 2010" in the Essen reddot design museum on the "Zeche Zollverein" world cultural site. The Primo Vert will be on display in the reddot museum for one year.

The Primo Vert has also been nominated for the product design category of the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany. The very nomination for Germany's highest official design award is a very special honor. It is not possible to apply for the award; to be short-listed, products must be nominated by the regional Departments of Commerce and senators of the various German states or by Germany's Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. In addition, they must already have received a national or international award.

For more information, visit:  www.zeiss.de 




GLOSSARY
microscope
An instrument consisting essentially of a tube 160 mm long, with an objective lens at the distant end and an eyepiece at the near end. The objective forms a real aerial image of the object in the focal plane of the eyepiece where it is observed by the eye. The overall magnifying power is equal to the linear magnification of the objective multiplied by the magnifying power of the eyepiece. The eyepiece can be replaced by a film to photograph the primary image, or a positive or negative relay...
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