Introduction: $10 Cube-A-Scope, DIY Cheap Boroscope

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The year is 2012, the Great Cube War of Call Center Six has all but decimated productivity. You need an edge, I way to give you the upper hand. You need to achieve victory! Behold, The Cube-A-Scope 5000! When not in use gathering reconnaissance and protecting your boarders, The Cube-A-Scope can function as a standard webcam! In fact, the Cube-A-Scope can be had for as little as FREE!!! That's right, advancement in modern manufacturing have all but eliminated the middle man. Teams of researchers have spent countless hours toiling over top secret documents to make this technology available for the public! XDXDXD

  On a more serious note, I had some much fun playing with the cam, I almost forgot to publish the Instuctable. You can build this the way I did, or you could have the cables zip tied(*note zip tying will give the same result but save a lot of time)


Step 1: Tools

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   The tools I used were:

   3/8 bit
   Small drivers
   Super Glue
   Soldering Iron
   Desoldering Iron
   Electrical tape 


   Lamp with flex neck
   Usb Webcam
   PVC pipe
   Electrical tape

Step 2: Lamp

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Remove the Flex neck from your parts lamp.
  Save the nuts!

Step 3: Gaining Access

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If not soldering, Skip ahead.

 Gain access to you webcams main connection point, be careful webcams are put together with some sort of magic that only super glue can fix XD 
 Take note of wire placement, De-solder wires.

Step 4: Feeding the Snake

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Feed your usb cable though the Flex tube.

Step 5: Making Thing Lighter

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Cut a hole where the original USB cable entered the webcam.

Step 6: Attaching Nubs and What Not

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Feed the wire and flex though the hole you just made. Use the nuts you saved to attach the cam to the flex tube. Add a 'nub' to to keep your solders strong :) 

Step 7: Enjoying Near Completion

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On the other side of the flex tube attach some sort of handle. It helps to balance the Webcam, and give you a good place to hold on to. I used PVC So that I can add length segments at any point. 

Step 8: 3,2,1 Done!

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Enjoy your 'new' Webcam! Let me know what you all think, I loooove comments :)


chinmaya1011 (author)2013-04-05


jgwalkup (author)2013-01-29

This is great! Do you think it would work as well to use a camera from a phone?

HydeTheJekyll (author)2012-06-12

Yes, this webcam actually has six of them around the lens.

Be Lamat (author)HydeTheJekyll2012-06-13

good !!

daleruisky (author)2012-06-13

Great build! I I recently built a similar camera for sticking into small spaces for automotive and electronics work. I think it would be a good spy cam too.

Be Lamat (author)2012-06-12

Hey thats good, what about putting a Led light to see in dark places ?

HydeTheJekyll (author)2012-06-12

It wont look as nice, but you could use a wire coat hanger in a pinch.

thealeks (author)2012-06-12

nicely done! reminds me of the cameras they put under the door in movies to see how many people are in the room before they bust in the door! i have a couple old webcams i could use for just to find a flex neck....

HydeTheJekyll (author)2012-06-12

Thanks for the comments! I just received e-mail that I have been featured! So happy the people like it XDXD! I just put a hole in my bedroom wall so that I could use it to look inside my wall, Sooooo worth it :)

unstoptheday (author)2012-06-12

Love it!!!

Jayefuu (author)2012-06-12

Crafty! Like it.

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