When Boston police found bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding inside a boat parked in a backyard in Watertown, Massachusetts, they didn't actually see him. They found his heat using a thermal imaging system known as FLIR (forward-looking infrared device)
Now that same law enforcement and military intelligence technology has been shrunk down to smartphone size
FLIR One is an imaging accessory that weighs a hefty 3.9 ounces (almost as much as the phone), slides onto an iPhone 5 or 5s and adds a thermal imaging capabilities to the phone
Unveiled at CES earlier this year, the device's sole job is to detect invisible heat. It combines the heat signature information with the live camera image from your phone to deliver a composite thermal heat image. FLIR Systems says FLIR One is useful for detecting ventilation leaks around doors and windows, car engine trouble, over-heating circuitry and wiring and even allowing you to see when there is no light. No more stumbling around the pitch-black campground, hoping not to step on a raccoon. Read more...