My first post here, and I'm going to hype my company and its products. I hope you will go easy on me - I'm assured that what we make is of interest to the DIY Drones community!


My company, DRS Technologies, manufactures a small Infrared Thermal camera called the Tamarisk 320.


The camera has a resolution of 320x240, is smaller than a golfball, weighs less than 35g and consumes <1W of power. 

For the past couple of years we have run the DRS Student Infrared Imaging Competition. The SIIC is an open-format, incentive prize competition for students who use thermal infrared imaging in a creative way.  The top project wins $10,000.  For this, the competition’s second year, there is an additional prize category for “Most Viral Video.”   This year DRS received 25 entries, of which 17 include a video for the viral competition. 

Videos range from art projects to drone projects, and all kinds of odd and novel topics in between... 

The viral video playlist is available at:


...and competition details are available at:


Let me know what you think.





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Comment by crystal garris on June 3, 2013 at 4:34pm
How much for one of your tamerisk 320 cameras?
Comment by Daniel Jardine on June 3, 2013 at 4:39pm
We are working details with 3D Robotics. It will be less than $5k.
Comment by naish on June 3, 2013 at 4:42pm

Wow that looks very promising... but what about the average price tag? same as Flir cameras? 

Comment by Daniel Jardine on June 3, 2013 at 4:57pm

I know Monroe. You will see prices come down rapidly over the next year or two.

Comment by Chuck on June 3, 2013 at 5:31pm

When we see these cameras sub $1k I bet a number of us will jump. Very interested in adding this to my UAS platform

Your applications in the videos are interesting, some I didn't even consider like the cave holes.

Comment by Josh Potter on June 3, 2013 at 5:50pm

The small FLIR cameras of similar quality are ~$2.4k.  That's what you're going to competing against.  

Comment by Daniel Chote on June 3, 2013 at 5:59pm
What a great little product, but I agree with the other comments about price. You can get thermal imaging modules from scrapped high end cars for around 800-1100. At that range it makes sense to a hobby guy, I think 5k is very reasonable for commercial implementation, but I don't know any DIYguys that have that money for a single part.
Comment by Daniel Jardine on June 3, 2013 at 6:03pm
OK, let me clarify here. When I said "less thank $5k" I really do mean less than. Significantly less than. We should have more news on exact pricing soon enough. Until then, I can assure you we know just where the sweet spot is on pricing these little cameras, and we will get there very soon :)
Comment by Cloud9Drones on June 3, 2013 at 6:48pm

The cheaper the better!

Comment by Jim Brett on June 3, 2013 at 6:54pm

Daniel, I think a lot of people are going to be pretty excited by this news, myself included. This is a good market for you to be in. Lots of innovators around these parts and they tell it how it is. We all want this and soon but also realize that most won't be buyers until this goes through a couple of evolutions and the price comes down. We will all be watching and waiting for our chance to explore this and share it. 


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