CES gadget showcase: FLIR One thermal camera

16 Jan

flir-oneOkay, so my Consumer Electronics Show gadget showcase was only supposed to be a week-long, but I had to add this extended remix because I saw a really cool gizmo on my last day at the show that I simply had to share.

The FLIR One is an attachment for the iPhone (5 and 5S) that adds thermal photo capability to the smartphone. Yes, it gives you Predator vision, or the sort of capability found in many first-person shooter games.

It’s obviously got that zip-wow factor going for it, but after getting over the initial coolness, I started wondering about its actual practical applications.

The guy at the booth explained that it can be used to find drafts in your home or, in extreme cases, to detect intruders in the night. Since body heat glows brightly on infrared cameras, it’s a great way to see if someone is hiding behind the corner.

I’m not so sure about that particular usage. If I suspect someone’s in my house, I probably won’t go walking through it in the dark holding my phone (this is how horror movie plots get started). But the draft-detection is certainly a good angle – I could definitely see that getting some mileage.

Still, the technology isn’t cheap. The FLIR One is selling for $350, which is approaching the price of the phone itself. But then again, what price coolness?


Posted by on January 16, 2014 in CES, iphone


2 responses to “CES gadget showcase: FLIR One thermal camera

  1. tim dobson

    January 16, 2014 at 12:59 am

    does it make julienne fries? or work on Ipod Touch camera?   Timothy Dobson, csla, isa Dobson Design Decisions Inc

    Toronto, ON  M8W 1N3 416-948-1872

  2. Chris C.

    January 16, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Man, thi si great news!!! I’ve been looking for something like this for a long time! Do they have an Android version? FLIR cameras are so darn expensive (several THOUSANDS or even TENS OF THOUSANDS of dollars!)

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