I don't know how useful this would be but I thought it would be something that could be attached to a quadrotor to do some thermal analysis for a home to determine how to increase the efficiency of the heating and cooling systems by reducing the losses around windows and doors.

(Image pulled from his website)

Here's where to find more information.



I'm tempted to get the materials just to run it to see how my house is!

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Comment by Darren on March 22, 2011 at 7:33pm
alot can change over the course of time it took to make that picture with thier theckniqe
Comment by bGatti on March 22, 2011 at 7:42pm
We built similar (web cam/ therm / servo / arduino) with face finding software to measure temperatures automatically. It's a fun project.
Comment by Michael on March 22, 2011 at 7:46pm
Could that be adapted to give something like Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR)?  I'm thinking for search and rescue work.
Comment by Darren on March 22, 2011 at 7:47pm
with guided tracking, you could do swift scans find a hot spot and slow down and do detailed scans.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on March 22, 2011 at 10:30pm
Thats a cool,no pun intended concept wonder where that idea will end up
Comment by MarcS on March 23, 2011 at 1:09am
Hi, this reminded me of an experiment done some time ago.
With a thermopile based autopilot, you can actually peform such a scan using the vertical sensor (on another scale, of corse...). Could be used to detect a fire for example.
Some results can be see on page 6 of this paper:

And so everyone switching to IMU has a reuse for the old thermopiles :-) Cool


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