November 5, 2008
BehindTheMedspeak: Do-it-yourself colonoscopy
Could this be the next big thing?
From Thomas over at USBFever comes this most interesting new product (and price point): a USB Digital Endoscope for only $139.99.
From the website:
USB Digital Endoscope
A medical endoscope is to help you to explore the mysteries of your body — this USB Endoscope is for exploring the mysteries of the internal part of your machines, somewhere that you cannot reach but where you want to have a look.
It has a 40X microscope with LEDs — making sure that you will see what you want to see.
The LEDs' brightness is adjustable to fit your purpose.
• You can use this USB Endoscope to reach the place that you cannot reach but still need to see.
• 40X — enough for checking even a small soldering/transistor in a printed circuit board
• With LEDs at the end of the endoscope you still can see in a dark environment
• You can bend it to see around a corner or to look directly at a feature in a bore
• The endoscope is 2 feet (63cm) long; the cable is 32 inches (80cm) long
• Driverless for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Unix/Linux
• LEDs can light up gradually under your control
• Switch to control the on/off of the LEDs
• Easy-to-install USB interface
• Printed circuit board (PCB) inspection
• Serial number identification
• Crime scene investigation
• Industrial inspection
• Science education
• Parts assembly
• Quality control
• Light Sources: LED illumination (via USB interface)
• Max. size: 15mm (diameter) x 700mm
• Photograph: Taken by the software
• Videography: High compression
• Interface: USB 2.0
• Magnification: 40X
• Focusing: Manual
OS required: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Unix/Linux
I know I am.
Wait a minute....
Why not take things in your cubicle to the next level?
"The doctor will see you now"... heh heh.
Alas, Mac people like moi are out in the cold for now.
Oh, well — with only 24 inches to work with, getting a good look up there where the sun don't shine is probably not in the cards for anyone but a Cirque du Soleil contortionist, what?
$139.99 (Fleet's bowel prep and insurance to cover the cost of surgical repair of the hole in your colon not included).
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Posted by: PCB Circuit | Jul 31, 2009 6:40:22 AM
Would this work for Mac users with an Intel Mac running Boot Camp or Parallels?
Posted by: joethedoctor | Nov 8, 2008 12:01:18 PM
sometimes joe, you really scare me!
Posted by: jo | Nov 5, 2008 7:42:16 PM
I like that do-it-yourself stuff a lot. Cant get enough!
Posted by: Bauanleitungen.NET | Nov 5, 2008 6:25:21 PM
Hmm, I wonder if you can get an extension for this thing? I'm not quite as bendy as I used to be, and if I contort I might get stuck & have to call the fire department to come straighten me out (hmmm) and anyhow I wanted to check out my splenic flexure just a little, see what the hell's going on in there... Anyway I thought maybe if there's some way I could screw about three of these together, but I'd really need some practice running it up there first, I suppose.
Anybody? Coffee and donuts after!
Posted by: Flautoenterologist | Nov 5, 2008 12:55:18 PM
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