FLIR intrdroduces $350 smartphone IR camera, new low-cost sensor

Sounds like sub-$1000 UAV-quality IR camera are coming soon. FLIR announced an IR camera for smartphones today, along with the low-cost sensor package (Lepton) behind it. 

FLIR Systems, Inc.announces the launch of FLIR ONE™, the first consumer-oriented thermal imaging system. Introduced today at CES 2014, FLIR ONE places the power of thermal imaging technology into the palm of the consumer via an easy-to-use smartphone accessory case.

FLIR ONE attaches to any Apple iPhone 5 or 5s* smartphone and displays a live thermal image on the phone's screen, giving users the unprecedented ability to see the world in a way the naked eye cannot, including in complete darkness. With a targeted MSRP of $349, FLIR ONE senses heat rather than light utilizing FLIR's revolutionary new Lepton™ camera core. This core incorporates the same FLIR® thermal imaging technology that has revolutionized the way the world thinks about security, public safety, energy efficiency, nighttime navigation, industrial production, preventive maintenance, and the enjoyment of the outdoors.

FLIR ONE's unique ability to see and measure infrared energy gives consumers a versatile new tool that can be applied in a wide variety of applications. For example, homeowners and contractors with a FLIR ONE can easily identify heat or cooling leaks in buildings, find studs in walls, or locate water damage. An outdoor enthusiast can observe wildlife, day or night, navigate in the dark, determine if the day's catch is fully cooked, or make sure a campfire is out by using FLIR ONE. A family can detect intruders in total darkness, find a lost pet, or see through smoke in an emergency using a FLIR ONE.

A worldwide rollout for FLIR ONE is planned for spring 2014, and it will be available in gray, white, or gold colors. FLIR ONE houses its own rechargeable battery that can power the device for two hours of continuous use and can boost iPhone 5 battery life by up to 50 percent.

"FLIR ONE represents a dramatic step in our pursuit of 'infrared everywhere.' As the first truly consumer focused thermal imager, FLIR ONE introduces thermal imaging technology to a completely new group of customers than we currently serve," said Andy Teich, President and CEO of FLIR. "Our products have a rich history of enabling users to do things they thought impossible, and we are enthusiastic to see how consumers enable further innovation through the creation of new applications for thermal imaging."

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Comment by DroneNerd on January 7, 2014 at 8:42am

Just amazing!

Comment by John Githens on January 7, 2014 at 9:02am

House inspectors can now add this to their tool kit, and maybe a Spike too! The way things are going, it may be simpler to use smart phones with attachments for sensing by a drone, and other purposes, rather than custom components.

Comment by Jeroen van de Mortel on January 7, 2014 at 9:49am

Wonder what the resolution will be, no word about that.

Comment by LanMark on January 7, 2014 at 10:08am

great.. just in time for the new iPhone to come out and make this 350 dollar investment worthless :)

Comment by Morli on January 7, 2014 at 10:13am

Yep , Spike and this  in single package would be perfect tool for many professionals. But then total solution will still be above $1K  :(

Comment by criro1999 on January 7, 2014 at 10:15am

when is the turn for Gopro to do this step?

Comment by Will Hodgson on January 7, 2014 at 10:19am

It looks like the thermal sensor is pretty low resolution, but the final images look good because they are composites with the visible light camera in the iphone and the thermal sensor. But this still might be a was to get thermal sensors cheep enough to put in hobby UAVs.

Comment by LanMark on January 7, 2014 at 1:33pm

Actually they look good because of that nice tiny print item at the beginning of the video that says: ‘thermal images shown for illustration purposes only.. and may have not been taken by the camera series depicted’

Which means they didn't use the camera for the marketing materials.. otherwise that would have been in large font with something like 'actual images from camera' sort of thing.. not some 6pt font hidden at the bottom of the video at the beginning.

Comment by Morli on January 7, 2014 at 1:35pm

U r right :)

Comment by Jeroen van de Mortel on January 7, 2014 at 1:52pm

This gallery shows some pictures/video's they seem to be of the FLIR ONE


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