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Easy check and documentation: UniversalInspect inspection camera from Bosch

Manuel Roj

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New product in the detection range for DIY enthusiasts

  • Quick check of dark, hard-to-reach areas all around the home
  • Many possible applications, simple documentation
  • Self-explanatory operation for everyone

For the first time, Bosch is launching an inspection camera for DIY enthusiasts: With the UniversalInspect, you can easily inspect dark and hard-to-reach areas all around your home or car yourself, and then document the results as an image. The camera is equipped with a camera head that is just eight millimeters in size, meaning that it can access even very small openings. The possible applications are almost unlimited: Using the UniversalInspect, DIY enthusiasts can, for example, detect blockages in drains, pipes, gutters and downpipes or inspect the inside of household appliances, such as washing machines or dryers, for defects. Above all, the UniversalInspect offers valuable assistance when renovating old building stock. It enables you to look into cavities, such as raised or intermediate floors, drywalls or suspended ceilings – for example, in order to locate cable and pipe routes before carrying out renovation work. The inspection camera is also a useful aid in everyday life: A look behind the cupboard or under the sofa will show you whether the item you have lost is hiding there. Even when inspecting a car, the UniversalInspect takes a good picture: Rust spots or faulty hoses are easy to find.

Self-explanatory operation for everyone − simple documentation

Handling the UniversalInspect is self-explanatory. All of the functions can be easily selected using just six buttons. In addition to the on/off switch, the device has a button to set the brightness or select the black-and-white mode, which offers optimum contrast for highly reflective surfaces. The inspection camera has an up to 2x digital zoom, two luminous intensities and the option to rotate the image by 180 degrees so that you have a better view of the object that you are inspecting. Another button allows the user to trigger the image capture and view the photos in gallery mode again. The internal memory offers space for up to eight images. All results can be clearly viewed on the 2.31 inch color display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. If you want to save more images and further edit the results on a PC – for example, to forward them to a tradesman − you can use a MicroSD card as an option.

Thanks to its ergonomic shape and its light weight of just 390 grams, the device sits nicely in your hand. You can operate it with one-hand without any problems, while using your second hand to guide the camera cable. After use, you can wind this cable around the device and store it in the supplied carry bag along with the inspection camera.

The UniversalInspect is available from August 2017 onwards. The scope of delivery includes a wide range of accessories, which further expand the possible applications of the UniversalInspect: DIY enthusiasts can use a mirror to look around corners and explore difficult-to-see bends. You can use a hook to loosen small, lightweight and loose objects or remove them with a mini-magnet. Subject to change.

SpecificationsUniversalInspect
Display size2,31“
Display resolution320 x 240 px
Camera head diameter8 mm
Length of the camera cable95 cm
Protection class against water and
dust for the camera head and cable
(without housing)
IP 67
MagnificationTwo-stage: 1.5 and 2-times zoom
LED lightingThree-stage: 0/50/100%
Power supply4 x 1.5 V LR6 (AA) batteries
Running time with full batteriesApprox. 4 hours
Weight including batteries390 g
MicroSD card that can be insertedDevice supports cards from
4 to 32 GB in the Fat32 format
Scope of delivery/recommended
retail price including VAT
4 x 1.5 V LR6 (AA) batteries, protective
carry case, hook, mirror,
magnet, two brackets: €99.99

The Robert Bosch Power Tools GmbH, a division of the Bosch Group, is one of the world’s leading providers for power tools, power tool accessories and measuring tools. In 2019, its roughly 20,000 associates generated sales of 4.8 billion euros, about 85 percent of which outside of Germany. With brands such as Bosch and Dremel, the division stands for customer focus and great engineering progress. The core success factors are innovative strength and pace of innovation. In 2020, Bosch Power Tools will again launch more than 100 new products onto the German market in its four business segments power tools, accessories, measuring tools and garden tools.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2019). The company generated sales of 77.7 billion euros in 2019. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs some 72,600 associates in research and development at 126 locations across the globe, as well as roughly 30,000 software engineers.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.iot.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, www.twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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