At CES, FLIR Systems, Wilsonville, Oregon, unveiled their thermal imaging camera for the iPhone 5/5s, the FLIR ONE. Like a standard protective case, it slides on to the iPhone and delivers the image to the iPhone's display.
Typical uses for the consumer are cited as home improvement, outdoor recreation, security and safety. For example, homeowners and contractors can use the FLIR ONE to spot temperature differences (energy leaks) in doors and windows or to locate wall studs or joists.
According to FLIR Systems, "For birders and hunters, this device lets you observe wildlife, day or night, with a low intrusion level, while campers can use it to navigate in the dark, detect when the day’s catch is fully cooked, or make sure a campfire is out."
Remote intrusion detection and surveillance are also possible uses.
“For decades, we’ve seen the possibilities of thermal imaging redefine industries that require critical awareness and heightened perception,” said Andy Teich, president and CEO of FLIR. “With FLIR ONE, we’re excited to extend this technology to everyday users to help them with home improvement, wildlife observation, safety, security, and to discover new ways to use thermal imaging."
Included in the case is a battery that can power the thermal camera for two hours and can also boost the iPhone's battery life by up to 50 percent. Full technical specifications have been posted.
The FLIR ONE rollout is planned for the spring of 2014, and it will be priced under US$350. Available colors are grey, white and gold.