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FLIR brings infrared imaging hardware to iPhone 5 and 5s

updated 03:58 pm EST, Tue January 7, 2014

New combination software and hardware for safety, home improvement

FLIR Systems have announced the launch of the FLIR One thermal imaging software and hardware package for the iPhone 5 and 5s. Once mounted, the device displays a live thermal image of the world right on the phone's screen, giving users the ability to "see" in an array of conditions, including complete darkness.

The tool, similar to those used in the military, law enforcement and fire-and-rescue, has practical applications in home improvement, outdoor recreation, and other personal security issues. The FLIR One case contains its own battery that can power the sensor for up to two hours, and can boost the iPhone's life by up to 50 percent.

The FLIR One is expected in the Spring of 2014. The iPhone version of the technology will be available for under $350 in grey, white, or gold.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jdonahoe

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 07-05-06

    Would this work for determining air leaks or insulation inefficiencies in a house? If it does, I'm in.

  1. Mike Wuerthele

    Managing Editor

    Joined: 07-19-12

    It should. While we have no way to embed their demo video, you should head over to the website and watch the materials they have for the case.

  1. jdonahoe

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 07-05-06

    Doh! You're right, I should have gone to the web site first. Now all I need to do is upgrade my 4S so I could use the FLIR.

  1. prl99

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 03-24-09

    Not inexpensive but probably in line with other infrared imaging unit like others from FLIR and Fluke. I've seen simple, laser beam temperature tools cost upwards of $50 to $100 and this unit covers larger areas. Nice to see an iPhone being used like this.

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