Olympus creates one of the world's thinnest industrial videoscopes


May 29, 2012

Olympus has created a new industrial videoscope with a tip that's just 2.4 millimeters wide

Olympus has created a new industrial videoscope with a tip that's just 2.4 millimeters wide

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Have something in a narrow space that you want to inspect? Well, you could do worse than using Olympus’ new iPLEX TX industrial videoscope. With a tip diameter of 2.4 millimeters, it’s one of the world’s thinnest such devices, but its image is also much more clear than those of other “fiberscopes.”

On previous 2.4mm-wide devices, the video image was a composite of the output of multiple optical fibers, the borders between which could plainly be seen obscuring the picture. According to an Olympus representative, however, the iPLEX has a CMOS image-capturing mechanism at its tip, which outputs the picture as a single electrical signal. The result is one cohesive image, like those that we’re used to seeing from regular video cameras. It also utilizes the company’s WiDER wide dynamic range image processing technology, to minimize loss of detail in bright and dark areas.

Additionally, the device is pretty tough, offering a reported 200 times more resistance to frictional wear than conventional fiberscopes.

It can be seen in action in the DigInfo video below.

Source: DigInfo

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away. All articles by Ben Coxworth
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