Jonard Tools has this week introduced what the company bills as one of its "most exciting cabling, wall fishing, and inspection tool kits for the new year" in the form of the Jonard Tools WiSpy - Multipurpose Wireless Inspection Camera & Cable Pulling Tool (CF-200).
The app-operated WiSpy unit is professional, contractor-grade inspection camera designed to fit virtually anywhere, giving users "the ability to see where they couldn't see before, such as overhead or narrow spaces at any job site," as stated by the manufacturer.
The 3.25" long x 1.25" wide inspection camera is designed with a right-angle mounting hole on top for periscopic applications.
The WiSpy camera's variable focus lens is controlled through a free and easy to use app that has a 50-foot Wi-Fi streaming range. The camera's lens can focus down as close as 2.5" (6 cm) to see fine detail or zoom out, as far as needed, for extra clarity. The camera also includes a bright white LED light for use in dark or confined spaces.
The WiSpy kit comes with a telescoping pole that can extend up to 5-feet, as well as multiple adapters including a flexible gooseneck, short rod, strong hook for retrieving objects, pulling magnet, thread adaptors, and a cell phone wristband that features a holder that accommodates most phones and can be rotated 180°, allowing for hands-free use.
Jonard Tools senior director of engineering Ed Scirbona remarked:
"The WiSpy is compact, rugged, and lightweight, making it the perfect tool to always have handy. It allows you to pull cables while being able to see the one you need and the objects that may be in the way. Need to do a quick check of optical cables in manholes or large ducts? Check the cabling in dropped ceiling? Use the WiSpy. [But] the Wispy goes far beyond helping with cable installation. It has so many uses. Dryer vent clogged? Check that vent hose with the WiSpy. Does your chimney need cleaning? Use the WiSpy to check on the buildup. Did you drop a bolt in the engine bay? Find it and retrieve it with the WiSpy. "
Michael Mukupa, a low voltage cabling technician cited by Jonard, commented:
"The WiSpy is an absolutely great device, and it came in handy right away. It was quick and easy to set up the first time. After that simply power it on, and it quickly connects to my phone. The quarter-inch threads in the device and adapters easily couple with my fishing rods too, and I can make multiple setups depending on my needs. The actual video footage is crisp and clear, and the autofocus works great to quickly adjust as you probe around. I love that I can adjust the camera from my phone to zoom or adjust the lighting. Overall, it's a great device that everyone will find extremely useful. It's definitely a must-have for low-voltage technicians."