$199 Thermal-imaging camera

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  1. Extraordinary

    Extraordinary Ancient Guru

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    Hands-On With The $199 Seek Thermal Smartphone Infrared Camera (Yes, Really Actually): This Is Amazing

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    When a company's pitch to you is that their smartphone accessory was developed in cooperation with Raytheon, you're likely to listen. When that company then tells you they've built the world's first truly affordable thermal (infrared) camera and that it also attaches directly to your smartphone, you listen closely.

    No, this isn't a gimmick, a trick, or some kind of workaround using widely-available technology to emulate thermal imaging. Seek Thermal is a real thermal imaging device that you can attach to your smartphone's microUSB port (Galaxy S4, S5, and Moto X / Moto G currently supported officially) and feed live video from the IR camera to the display.

    One of the big problems with entry-level thermal imaging products has generally been, over the years, resolution. A handheld thermal imaging system with 80x60 (yes, 80 pixels by 60 pixels) resolution from a reputable manufacturer like FLIR will set you back $1000. Seek Thermal's sensor has a resolution of 206x156, but costs only a fifth as much. (A FLIR with even 160x120 resolution costs around $2500, by the way.) Like most IR cameras, the Seek's field of view is also extremely narrow, at just 38 degrees.

    Now, it's true that these very expensive professional-grade systems do have some advantages over the Seek. More temperature accuracy at extremes (the Seek isn't particularly accurate for temperatures over 90 Celsius, but it is sensitive from -40C to 330C, and Seek claims they're working on this), built-in visible-light cameras, extreme ruggedness, and bundled software suites designed to analyze images taken from the devices.

    Seek, though, doesn't really need a resume of its own as long as it works like it says on the box, and so far, I'm totally convinced. Now, there are some caveats - still images captured from Seek look like butt, especially if they're of a relatively complex scene.



    More and Source:
    http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/0...d-camera-yes-really-actually-this-is-amazing/
     
  2. fantaskarsef

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    Hehe funny gadget. But for professional purposes I think it'll not be precise enough, and for a toy, it's a bit expensive at 199$
     
  3. jbmcmillan

    jbmcmillan Ancient Guru

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    Not that expensive people spend over 1000 bucks on video cards.
     
  4. fantaskarsef

    fantaskarsef Ancient Guru

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    These days, yes.
     

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    I feel guilty :)
     
  6. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    80 pixels by 60 pixels wow .. well you might feel it is expensive, but the thermal camera I am using for the reviews did cost nearly 5K !
     
  7. Matt26LFC

    Matt26LFC Ancient Guru

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    I think he means its expensive as a novelty item, because anyone doing real work that requires a Thermal Imagining Camera won't be buying this and would be buying something more like what you've got H
     
  8. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Price has gone up 25% already.

    Aaah, the newb necrod a dead 2 yr old thread.
    Bosses, he needs a once over!
     
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  9. Extraordinary

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    Was gonna say, I posted this in 2014 :D
     
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    Even HH fall for it :nerd: giving it some 2017 love
     

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