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Thursday, 06 October 2016


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Infrared cameras to identify wet or poorly insulated spots in homes. They also can be used for inspection of overheating bearings, many industrial uses.

The first thing that came to mind are pipe inspection cameras: https://www.grainger.com/category/ecatalog/N-1z0drgn

NASA used them or something similar to inspect (I believe) the turbine blades of the space shuttles when they returned to Earth.

Now all he needs is Googles new Daydream VR glasses and he's all set!
Another great use for DI is inspecting drain and sewer pipes for clogs and such...

Image looks 2x3. Is that the 7200 I have been waiting for? Oops I mean you have been waiting for?

The site was quite a surprise. Do you still have outdoor and exposed gas metering equipment, and exposed pipes?
Quelle suprirse!

As a somewhat aging male, I have to admit that at least once a year, I give thanks for tiny sensors.

I wonder what Niepce, Daguerre and Talbot would be thinking. So much has happened in what - maybe four or five generations?

I had my chimney inspected recently (it had to be relined, as things turned out, because I had had a chimney fire). The inspector used a digital camera that he passed through the chimney. The pictures were very clear and convincing.

I had no idea this was becoming standard procedure.

Using that camera on a pole, instead of a ladder, probably cuts his workers' comp premiums in half. It should, anyway.

Mike wrote, "It might be fascinating to see a list of all the workmanlike tasks that can be accomplished with digital imaging."

Modern medicine would be at the top of that list. Even dentists have gone digital -- my last visit included what we used to call x-ray films displayed in front of me on a monitor as they were taken. If this had been possible decades ago I would have taken better care of my teeth.

Most of the recent Sony cameras with wifi combined with an iphone or android phone can do this. You can control everything on the camera over wifi as well as view. I have put my A7 on top of a 16 foot painters pole by cutting the handle off of a paint roller and putting 1/4 x 20 threads on the stub, and attaching a tripod head to that.

I did it for panorama photography but its fun for birds nests too.

The roof cam, the backup cam, the furnace cam are all television cameras and could have been accomplished using analog technology. Even the snapping of stills out of the video stream could have been..and used to be... done with old fashioned analog electronic equipment. Digital made them small and cheap, but did not bring them into existence.

I'd use a camera drone for that myself.

I bought a neat one called an iSnakescope which is a wifi borescope with a light, on which you mount your iPhone
It is basically a pistol grip with a 1/4" camera and light at the end of a 24" flexible wand. An inspection cam. Anywher you can drill 1 3/8" hole you can now get real time images and even record video or stills.
Want to look behind a wall, or up in the ceiling , or look for your wedding ring down the drain, this little gizmo is amazing.
The smartphone itself is now part of every workman's tool box.
From documenting a problem to asking for assistence from the home office, to downloading schematics for a washing machine.
I really is amazing how it has changed everything.

I think the two most stunning examples of DI are in medical imaging and space exploration. It's not just the hardware, but the image processing that's incredible.

That's one heck of a selfie stick :)

A friend of mine does agricultural insurance adjusting and uses a DJI phantom for most work. Only gets on the ladder if he has to physically move something

At the telephone company I work for in Canada, we're running a trial to use drones for microwave and cell tower inspection. This saves so much time and effort, it will definitely expand beyond a trial.

Probably cheaper and easier to use than a drone - but not for long I suspect. There is a brand new small, easy to use, extremely capable drone by one of the leaders in the industry for $1,000.


Although in your neighborhood, drones frightening the horses might be a real problem rather than an ironic cliche. Here's a review of the Mavic Pro:


Drones and just about everything, but surveying farm fields come to mind as one workman like use.

I had my sewer inspected with a digital camera that sends the pictures to my e-mail. These pictures convinced me to part more easy with the money(+ €1000) for the repair bill.

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