FLIR Updates Its Thermal Imager
The Oregon company that began selling an inexpensive thermal imager for an iPhone last year has announced an upgraded and more versatile model that will be available later in the year.
FLIR introduced the new model of the FLIR ONE at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Unlike the original, different versions of this one will work with both Apple and Android devices. It’s to go on sale later this year at a price that has yet to be announced.
The first version sold at $350 and is now available for $249.
The manufacturer says the new model has four times the resolution of the original, a scene temperature range of -4 degrees F to 248 F, and a temperature sensitivity of 0.18 degrees F.
The 2.75-oz. device attaches to an iPhone or iPad via Apple’s Lightning connector (the cable introduced with the iPhone 5), and with Android devices via a micro-USB port. Once the thermal imager is attached, the phone’s screen displays a thermal image, which can be captured as either a video or still photo.
FLIR said it released an updated app for Apple devices in December, and would offer a software developer kit for Android devices in the spring.
A new model of the FLIR ONE works with Android as well as Apple products. It goes on sale later in the year.