iPhone accessory makes a thermal imaging camera – in distribution

January 14, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
This thermal camera accessory from IR camera maker FLIR provides the ability to see and measure small temperature variances on an iPhone screen.

Conrad Business Supplies has FLIR System, Inc's thermal imaging product, the FLIR ONE: it offers the company’s expertise in thermography and thermal imaging cameras that enhance perception and awareness - in a pocket-sized format. With a slim case which conveniently attaches to an iPhone 5 or 5s, FLIR ONE provides a compact and easy method for turning a smartphone into a thermal infrared camera, giving the ability to “see” and measure minute temperature variations on the phone’s screen.

Fitted with two cameras, including a long-wave infrared Lepton sensor, the FLIR ONE uses MSX Technology to provide thermal imaging capability and sharpness by blending the thermal and visible spectrum. This technology allows the FLIR ONE to detect temperature differences as small as 0.1 °C across a range of 0°C to 100°C.

With a dedicated battery, providing four hours of continuous use, the FLIR ONE does not place any additional power demands on the iPhone and it can be charged via a micro USB port. Once captured, images can be shared or distributed using the phone’s standard connectivity and the FLIR ONE app.

An obvious use for electronics designers lies in detecting hot-spots and overheating componenets on PCBs and in cabinets; the vendors cite a wide range of other uses such as locating piping hidden behind walls or floors, to checking over the coolant and exhaust systems on a car, or even detecting wild animals and intruders in the dark.

Conrad Business Supplies; www.conrad.com/ce/en/product/1281895