FLIR ONE Thermal Camera For iPhone Is A Hot Commodity For Technophiles
FLIR Systems has devised a sophisticated thermal imaging add-on for iPhone 5 and 5S. With pictures that look like they’re straight out of a sci-fi movie, FLIR ONE is a product that can definitely spark interest in the cellphone industry. At the cost of around USD 350 (approx. Rs. 21,000) not every buyer can get their hands on this proprietary technology. But its transformation from hefty military grade machinery to an iPhone accessory with a camera the size of a dime is definitely commendable.
Equipped with a VGA camera for capturing the images and a compact Lepton sensor to seize the heat signatures, FLIR ONE is definitely a nifty toy for photography enthusiasts. Photographers have many attributes to exploit from this product like an app to take heat-vision panoramas, paint normal images with heat signatures, take heat-vision close-ups and even time lapses using the thermal imaging function. Photography aside, one can see their childhood dream of being a black ops soldier or a spy with visual access to things that no one else does!
You’ll never be left in the dark with FLIR ONE because the Lepton sensor can sense heat in the dark as well. But that has its limitations too as the VGA camera takes the images (the add on does not use the iPhone camera) and it needs light to define the contours of the image. So you will get vague splashes of heat signatures, but the camera defines the view. But the iPhone’s light can be utilised to illuminate images. That being said, the lower resolution of the VGA camera (640×480 pixels) is a let down, given the steep price of the product.
Using this accessory may be troublesome for people accustomed to the quick interface of iPhone cameras. The procedure involves launching the free FLIR One app, calibrating the camera system and patiently waiting for it to process. Such an exhaustive procedure removes the possibility of clicking spontaneous images.
FLIR is now accepting pre-orders for this product. Even though this product may be heavy on your pocket, the FLIR ONE certainly is heavy on technology as well.
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