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Give Your Smartphone Superpowers With The Flir One Thermal Camera

By Cameron , Jan 13, 2017 07:45 PM EST
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The Flir One Thermal Imaging Camera is a device that will be attached to a smartphone and lets the user see the invisible world of infrared light. Its standard version costs $199 while the pro version costs $399. (Photo : Android Authority/YouTube)

At the CES event, a company called Flir which presented a peripheral device called the Flir One Thermal Imaging Camera. The latest product has two versions: a standard version and a pro version.

Price And Release Date

According to the video source, the standard version is priced at $199, while the pro version costs $399. Regarding its release date, the Flir representative mentioned that it will be available in the second quarter of the year.

The Design

The Flir One is a rectangular device that you connect to your smartphone. It features a 2-camera system with the first camera which is a thermal imaging camera called the Lepton Thermal Imaging Sensor and a second one which is a 2 MP visible camera. Currently, it only supports USB C type smartphones. But according to the representative, the company is currently deciding whether they may include an adaptor for Micro USB type devices. With regards to the difference of the two versions, the pro version provides better image processing and more diagnostics capabilities.

What Does It Do?

Essentially, the Flir One allows the user to see the invisible world of infrared light using its 2 cameras - practically giving your smartphone superpowers in some kind of way. The device uses this process called Multi-spectral Imaging. If you're curious as to what applications you can use for this device, there is a number of useful things you can use it for according to the Flir representative. It can be useful in checking windows and doors for drafts, checking for vermin infestation, detecting water leaks, finding studs on exterior walls, finding blockages on your AC or heat system, maintenance diagnostics, the possibilities are endless.

Flir One Technology Embedded On A Smartphone

According to the Flir representative, this thermal imaging technology is already featured on a commercially available smartphone. That device is said to be the Cat S60 which was announced last year of February and was released later in June the same year. It features a 4.7-inch display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1280. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is powered by a Snapdragon 617 processor.

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