Sunday, November 16, 2014

FLIR One: A thermal imaging camera for your iPhone 5

The world is lousy with iPhone cases. They're available in all manner of designs to suite a wide variety of tastes and brand loyalties.

FLIR Systems has a $350 case for the iPhone 5/5S. It's a dual-camera thermal imaging system called FLIR One.

FLIR One is a battery case with two cameras whose lenses are in close proximity. One camera is sensitive to visible light, the other is sensitive to infrared light.When actuated, the two cameras collect images simultaneously. The FLIR One app processes the two images into one "thermograph" The app uses the visible light image to create outlines of hard edge boundaries of objects while the IR image is processed into false colors that fills the frame.


If I had an iPhone 5 or 5S, I'd be shooting the world with one of these things. I eagerly await a FLIR One for iPhone 6.

(FLIR is an acronym! Do you know what it stands for? I'll put the answer in the comments.)


Dean Baird said...

Forward Looking InfraRed.

Matt Johnson said...

Wow, thats pretty cool that there is a thermal imaging camera for you iPhone now. It's too bad that I, like many people, unfortunately do not have an iPhone 5 or 5s. So when I needed a thermal imaging camera, I bought one through Diamond Technical Surveys. I have to say, it was money well spent, because the one that I purchased fit my needs perfectly.

If anyone without a iPhone 5 or 5s needs a infrared camera, I suggest checking out their website.

Happy Holidays! :-)

jerome figueroa said...

Also, camera features now include high frame rate imaging, adjustable exposure time and event triggering enabling the capture of temporal thermal events. Sophisticated processing algorithms are available that result in an expanded dynamic range to avoid saturation and optimize sensitivity. These infrared cameras can be calibrated so that the output digital values correspond to object temperatures. Non-uniformity correction algorithms are included that are independent of exposure time. These performance capabilities and camera features enable a wide range of thermal imaging applications that were previously not possible.