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Pen Cam Kit 1280
Dan writes -

An endoscope is a thin viewing device, suitable for being poked into places where the human eye cannot, and possibly should not, otherwise see. Since it’s likely to be dark… in there, endoscopes usually have some sort of illumination device built in. The more sophisticated kinds of endoscope shoot light out of the same lens the user looks through. The common otoscope, for peering into ears, is the simplest example of that idea.

Endoscopes are useful for all sorts of things, but they’re also usually rather expensive. Endoscopes that incorporate a camera so you can hook them up to a TV or computer are, generally speaking, more expensive again.

And then, there’s this one.

Home Endoscope review – Digital pen camera – [via] Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. yo_tyler says:

    In the next issue of MAKE:
    Save money by performing your own colonoscopy.

  2. Brandon Valentine says:

    I wonder how well this thing holds on to its attachments while stuck inside something..

    I’m seriously considering using this with its mirror attachment as a cheap boroscope for automotive engine inspection! It’s oughta just barely fit through a spark plug hole. I suppose some duct tape could take care of the potential attachments-falling-into-the-cylinder problem.

  3. Brandon Valentine says:

    FYI, I have just found them for sale from this US company for $199 USD:

    http://www.1800endoscope.com/pencam.htm

    I have no knoweledge of that vendor and have never ordered anything from them, so Caveat Emptor.

  4. dot says:

    Anybody have a cheaper US source?

    The Aussie site has it for AUS$99, which is about US$85. Will they ship to the US?

  5. Chris says:

    Man, one of these would have been a serious help when I recoated my motorcycle tank and somehow a screw I had inside to rattle loose rust out got stuck “somewhere”. It took me an hour to find it shining a mini mag in and contorting my body and face to look in the main hole and the petcock hole…

  6. Ian Staines says:

    This is MAKE. What I would like to see is a relly cheap HOME MADE boroscope project. Surely someone could hack something together with a camera ccd chip.

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