First personal thermal-imaging device for consumers

See-in-the-dark device acts as case for iPhone 5/5s; app captures photos, videos
January 9, 2014


FLIR Systems launched at CES the FLIR ONE, the first consumer-oriented thermal imaging system for a smartphone.

Acting as a case for the Apple iPhone 5 or 5s smartphone, the FLIR ONE displays a live thermal image on the phone’s screen, letting you see in complete darkness.

FLIR ONE senses heat rather than light, using the same professional thermal imaging technology that FLIR uses in its thermal imaging systems for security, public safety, energy efficiency, nighttime navigation, industrial production, preventive maintenance, and outdoor recreation.

FLIR ONE allows for viewing and measuring thermal infrared energy from 32 °F to 212 °F (O °C to 100 °C) for things like identified heat or cooling leaks in buildings, finding studs in walls, or locating water damage. An outdoor enthusiast can observe wildlife, day or night, navigate in the dark, determine if the day’s catch is fully cooked, or make sure a campfire is out.

A family can detect intruders in total darkness, find a lost pet, or see through smoke in an emergency.

FLIR ONE is planned for release in spring 2014 for under $350 (selected Android models later in 2014). It has its own rechargeable battery that can power the device for two hours of continuous use and can boost iPhone 5 battery life by up to 50 percent. The FLIR ONE MX app will allow for saving captured still or video images to the camera roll or sharing, doing measurements, and applying filters.


Thermal imaging examples with FLIR ONE (credit: FLIR)

FLIR ONE — how it works (credit: FLIR)

FLIR Systems also announced at CES the FLIR Lepton — a thermal imaging device for accurate remote temperature measurements. Based on more than 100 new patent filings, the technology can also be integrated into other types of products, such as tablets, diagnostic tools, automobiles, toys, building controls, process equipment, security systems, machine vision systems, and advanced gaming devices, the company says.