The FLIR ONE Case turns your iPhone into a thermal camera

By | January 11, 2014

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FLIR has taken the wraps off its FLIR ONE at CES this week, a case for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S that gives the handset a thermal camera. The case is equipped with cameras that allow for real-time visualization of heat sources, something that can have many uses, including seeing the studs and hot pipes behind drywall and spot animals outdoors at night.

 Temperature differences show up in different colors on the screen. For instance, you can set it to show hotter things in yellow, medium-hot in red and cold in purple. The FLIR ONE case can work for dozens of meters, and uses the same technology the company offers to the military and law enforcement.

The case works in conjunction with the FLIR ONE MX app, which is available for free from the App Store. Both video and images can be captured with the case’s cameras, and there are different color options, including black and white, white balance, contrast, arctic, and more. There’s also MSX Blending, which adds visible spectrum to thermal images for better photos.

The resolution of the thermal image is low, but the jacket also contains a regular, visible-spectrum camera and overlays the images for a more detailed picture. The phone can record video or stills of the heat images.

During camera use, case’s integrated 1400 mAh battery can power them for about two hours. The case is charged via micro USB, and is powered by a FLIP Lepton thermal camera core. The scene range temperature goes from 32F to 212F, while the sensitivity can detect changes down to 0.18F. The thermal camera can detect temperature differences of about one-tenth of a Fahrenheit degree, and the temperature readout is accurate to within 2 degrees.

The FLIR ONE is available in gold, white, and space grey, allowing it to match one’s iPhone. It weighs in at 3.2 ounces and measures in at the same dimensions as the iPhone 5/5S and will cost $349. The FLIR One will launch this spring for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. An Android model will be available later this year.

Use of FLIR One case

  • Spot leaky insulation in the house.
  • Detect moisture leaks in the house. Because it loses heat through evaporation, water looks cold.
  • Beat your kids at hide-and-seek, “Predator”-style.
  • Spot lurkers in the parking lot or wildlife at night.
  • Crazy party shots in darkness.
  • Unique selfies. “Look at me, I have a fever!”

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