With the FLIR ONE case, you can instantly transform your phone into a high-tech infrared seeking device – all you have to do is slip it on. FLIR stands for “forward-looking infrared device” and it basically detects heat and translates it into a composite image that can be photographed, recorded or viewed live. The thermal image registers onto your phone in bright red, orange and yellow tones, signifying heat.
About FLIR ONE
Weighing over 3.9 ounces, it’s almost as heavy as the iPhone itself. The initial case designs available for immediate release are meant to fit the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 5s. It also comes with a companion app that allows you take videos or photos with “heat vision.”
The case comes with its own internal battery that claims to last up to two hours. If your phone is running low on juice, you can also use the case to fuel up.
How it works
The human eye can only detect the visible spectrum. It cannot detect infrared light signatures, which exhibit heat or thermal radiation. The FLIR ONE case translates this image into a spectrum our eyes can detect, allowing us to see what would be otherwise invisible. What’s so cool about this technology is it can detect heat even if it’s hidden in the dark or behind opaque objects. You’ll never lose a game of hide and seek with the FLIR ONE in hand!
Infrared thermal technology is more popularly used in law enforcement, security or in warfare, but did you know that it can also actually be useful in home improvement and repair?
Aside from allowing you to see living things in the dark or behind walls (your hiding pet or rodents like mice and raccoons), you can also use this technology to detect thermal leaks in your home or commercial building. This way you can accurately and instantly check if your ventilation or insulations systems are working in top condition. You can also run it on your electrical panels to see if you have any circuits that are overloaded. It might even be possible to spot moisture buildup and water intrusion in your walls that could result in mold.
The case costs 350 dollars each and it will be shipping to people who pre-ordered by the end of this month. FLIR ONE will also produce cases for Android devices, set for commercial release by the end of 2014.