Imagine being able to see a mechanical malfunction in the form of a heat signature in the palm of your hand.

FLIR Systems, the worlds largest thermal imaging and components producer, is promising just that.

The FLIR ONE will allow users to easily convert their iPhone5 and 5s into a powerful thermal imaging device by attaching a thermal sensor to the back of the smartphone like a cell phone case.

FLIR One: Thermal Imagining on Your Smartphone

Imagine being able to see a mechanical malfunction in the form of a heat signature in the palm of your hand.

FLIR Systems, the worlds largest thermal imaging and components producer, is promising just that.

The FLIR ONE will allow users to easily convert their iPhone5 and 5s into a powerful thermal imaging device by attaching a thermal sensor to the back of the smartphone like a cell phone case.

Retailing at less than $350, the FLIR ONE will detect heat signatures in the 32 °F to 212 °F range. Among other things, the ONE's suggested uses include outdoor heat detection, mechanical thermal imaging, and health applications.

Examples in their feature video include:

  • Outdoors: While outdoors one can use the device to see any dangerous animals which might be approaching a camp site.
  • Mechanical: Engineers can use the device to visualize and and analyze temperatures of machinery and electrical equipment for preventative maintenance.
  • Health: Checking an infant for a fever.
  • Home: Checking window sills and vents for air leaks.
  • Security: Searching for intruders.

While the disclaimer at the beginning of the video suggests the images in the clip are for "demonstration purposes only", it is still exciting to see how this relatively consumer priced gadget will do on the market.

Jul 15th 2021 tony

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