Today I had the chance to play and setup a Wifi 8.5mm Borescope Camera. I am going to go through the steps on how I got this system up and running on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean on an Asus Smart 10 tablet.
It was nice to see a form fitted case to house the entire system when not in use and was a snap to put together. Remove the main unit from its packaging and unsnap the 39″ cable / camera from it’s fitted slot. Before mating the 2 pieces together turned over the main unit and remove the very small phillips screw holding the battery cover in place. (It does require 4 x AA batteries which are not included.) Once the battery pack cover was reattached it was now time to install the camera cable. The cable itself is very robust and solid, its design makes it ideal for shaping and peering in areas that cannot be accessed with the human eye.
The interface connectors are similar to a camera connections with male and female connectors but with an added bonus, there is a keyway making it impossible to install the cable incorrectly.
Once connected it was now time to install the software in order to view the borescope in action. There is a manual with this borescope so it will guide you through the setup but the information found here is actually a real world installation and specific to the Android OS but it is also supported on the iPhone and iPad. Off to Google Play the software Videoscope was quickly located and installed.
GooglePlay Videoscope can be found here . (Android version.)
iTunes iBorescope can be found here . (Cannot verify installation.)
Let’s begin; first thing we want to do is turn the borescope on. Located on the side of the main unit there is the on /off switch. If you opted to use a fresh set of batteries you will immediately see both red and blue indicators light up, now it’s time to turn our attention to the device we will use to view the camera. The way the borescope communicates to the device is through a wifi connection, without it, no application will connect. Go to the wifi setting and look for a broadcasted SSID called CAMXXXX, it should be right under your currently connected wifi connection; once located enter “123456789” as the password to connect. Verify you have connected to this new SSID.
It is now time to start up the app you installed earlier.
There will be a brief pause at the splash screen while the software connects, once it connects your camera should be Live! This app runs in portrait mode only and the menu button is located in the bottom right hand corner, tapping it reveals 4 buttons ( Pause | Snapshot | Video | File Manager )
There are 2 ways to take a picture, either tapping Snapshot on the table or phone button within the app or on the main body itself of the unit. Tapping the Video button within the app begins or stops recording. File manager gives you access to saved images and videos.
The video quality itself isn’t HD but I could really see how useful this would be, especially to anyone mechanical, the possibilities are endless if you trying to detect or see areas that are just not possible by the naked eye. The ability to dim or brighten the light is very helpful and I actually scoped my tripod center and my Keurig coffee maker, so it is indeed waterproof. I did find you need to be methodical moving the device, a steady slow pace works very well. Honestly for the money its a fairly inexpensive tool and could be a valuable asset to capture images or video to show others.
I did try to run these same apps on my Samsung S4 with 5.0 Lollipop with no luck, the app kept crashing.
As well I tried the iBorescope2 app on my tablet and it worked as well.
Additional Setup Notes on my end:
Out of the box my tablet does not play the .avi video format created by the app. VLC video player can easily be installed on your Android device is you prefer viewing directly form the tablet. I prefer to send my video over to my Mac through Wifi Transfer, installed on my tablet.
Wifi Transfer can be found here.
Once the videos are on my Mac I then convert the AVI’s to a more compatible format using Total Video Converter Pro, which can be found here.
Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for any persons installing software based on the links provided or recommended software Any changes you make to your devices and/or software installations you do so at your own risk. The is an informational article only and is simply provided as a guide to use at your own discretion.