Even the smallest of consumer video cameras can’t fit into small spaces like under a sink to find a leak or into a mouth to spot a cavity. ScopeAround, however, is a smart Wi-Fi video camera designed to fit in tight spaces and view small objects.
The 1080p HD camera features interchangeable camera heads and smart device connectivity for devices including Android and iOS mobile devices, as well as PCs. The three camera heads include The Flexible endoscope, Focus microscope and Fit side view camera head. Flexible has a camera only 5.5 mm in diameter. Focus features a 150:1 zoom and includes two clips on the device’s stationary tray to hold subjects for viewing.
When the user turns the knob on the side of the tray, it lights up from below, making subjects easier to see. Fit uses a macro lens, allowing the camera head to get as close as 1 centimeter away from an object. ScopeAround ships in August at future pricing of $169, but early bird Kickstarter backers can get one for pledges starting at $99. Its makers are looking to raise $100,000 by Feb. 26.
The patent-pending device’s multi-functionality is a strong selling point. And while it could be a boon to educational or macro videography, it’s difficult to say how simple it is to switch between the three camera heads that command a premium.