Hillsboro's FEI is ready for its close up

Hillsboro's FEI is ready for its close up

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by Joe Smith, KGW Business Reporter

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Posted on January 24, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 24 at 8:20 PM

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- There are so many things in life we can't see. We just can't get up close enough.

A new movie by National Geographic is out to solve the "Mysteries of the Unseen World".

Things we can't see with the human eye. The movie got made with the help of microscope maker FEI with headquarters in Hillsboro.

FEI's microscopes can magnify images 40, 50-even up to 1 million times. The microscope took individual images that were then colorized.

It's that technology National Geographic wanted to tell the story of everyday things in our life, things that are too small, too slow, too fast or invisible.

"We want people to understand what we do and why it's useful at the high school level and at the middle school level. It was a natural partnership between us and National Geographic because they have the same goal," said John Williams, Vice President of Corporate & Strategic Marketing. "That's the real purpose of the film."

"The Mysteries of the Unseen World" is now being shown at OMSI's new redesigned IMAX theater in 3D and 4K, four times the resolution of HDTV.

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