Some objects are capable of raising a titter on looks alone. Take the USB Snakescope for example. But before we make a load of childish, ‘you wanna look up my what?’ style jokes, it’s worth stating that this impressive borescopic still/video camera has thousands of extremely practical uses.
Thanks to its long, robust, semi-flexible insertion tube (no sniggering at the back) and adjustable twin LEDs, it can explore all kinds of difficult to reach nooks and crannies, even wet ones because both camera head and cable are waterproof. It’s ideal for shoving down your plughole! ‘Hooray, I can see me ring!’
Capable of producing images in VGA quality (640x480)
Better still, it comes with idiot-proof software that allows you to view, tweak and archive your findings. It’s even got a clip-on magnetic attachment so you can retrieve lost screws and other metallic items that have dropped out of reach.
"Anyone seen the Firebox kitten?"
No slouch in the camera department, the Snakescope is capable of producing images in VGA quality (640x480) so differentiating between lint and screwed up tenners is easy. Speaking of peering into areas where the sun don’t shine, this quality gizmo is ideal for exploring the recesses of your sofa and examining car engines, cavity walls, mouse holes, loft spaces and more. Actually we’re sure we’ve seen Jack Bauer using something similar. Maybe he’d lost his keys?
Handy tool box
Yes, we realise the first place you’re going to stick the USB Snakescope is down your trousers, but once you’ve recovered from the disappointment you’ll discover that the possibilities are endless. Take it to work and you can use it to peer around corners (‘Quick, the boss!’) or spy on colleagues over your monitor, periscope style. In fact the only place the USB Snakescope can’t look is inside your innuendo-ridden mind. Shame.
Requires a PC running Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 and a USB 1.1/2.0 port
Video resolution 640x480
Camera head outer diameter is 14 mm (0.55 in)
Full length of the camera and cable is 2m80cm (cable is 2m)
Does the Snakescope camera need to be connected to the computer, or can you take it outside. Ciaran Burns, Magherafelt - 24th October 2012
Firebox says: Hi Ciaran!
The Snakescope camera does indeed need to be connected to the computer. Of course, you could always take the laptop outside (if it's a nice summer's day!).
The lights in mine have stopped working. Can I get it fixed? Kat, West Midlands - 27th September 2012
Firebox says: Bad times Kat, bad times. Drop us a line with your order number and some details of the problems you have faced to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help you out!
Does this work with mac? Kieran Robinson, Widnes - 27th August 2012
Firebox says: I am afraid not Kieran, however the manufacturers are working on this problem as we speak
Dropped a spanner into my engine block when doing some maintenance - retrieved it with the snakescope. Enough said....... Oz, Birmingham - 8th July 2012
I got one of these for christmas ahd I love it. Works great on my laptop (Dell XPS M1530 running windows 7) with no problems whatsoever. Picture quality is good and it's good fun. I also have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10. 1 and try as I might I can't find drivers or an app for it. This makes me sad! Any idea if android software for it is on the way? Jonni, Belfast - 8th January 2012
Well boys & girls, You can't even get a good hang over for £40 these days!! this does what it says on the tin, It gets into small spaces & lets you see whats there! but you must remember to re boot your system before it will work!! shame there are no installation instructions I managed by trial & error. Having said that I'm going to have a look around one of our aircraft engines with it tomorrow! one down side is the length of the USB lead as I will have to have a laptop/notebook very close by when doing an inspection, I'll maybe try a USB extension lead, It may loose some signal, we will see, other than that, I'm impressed with it! Geoff W, United Kingdom - 13th October 2011