CES 2014: Flir One case brings true thermal imaging to your iPhone 5/5s

By , Jan 8, 2014

Flir One (iPhone, back, perspective 001)

Avid iPhone photography fans are always on the lookout for new ways of improving their snaps and photography skills to give their work an added edge.

Pitched as the world’s first private thermal imager, the Flir One case slides right onto your iPhone 5 and lets you “see the heat wherever you go”.

It slides onto your iPhone like an ordinary protective case and displays the infrared world on its screen.

We’re talking true thermal imaging here, not the kinds of fake infrared effects you see in many photography apps on the App Store…

The infrared spectrum has a longer wavelength than visible light and the human eyes cannot see it. Like sophisticated security cameras, the Flir One case translates this invisible heat energy into dynamic images.

Since all living beings emit heat, the case sees these heat signatures and tiny differences in temperature in complete darkness, allowing for interesting uses.

Flir One (moisture detection)Flir One (energy efficiency)
Example uses: moisture detection (left) and energy efficiency (right).

The companion Flir One MX app can provide handy temperature readings, save your captured shots to iOS Camera roll and share them on social media channels.

You’ll be able to apply various effects (B/W, W/B, Rainbow, Contrast, Arctic, Hot/Cold and Iron), add visible spectrum detail to thermal images, get an at-a-glance overview of the case’s battery level and more.

One caveat: shiny materials won’t play nice with the Flir One because these surfaces reflect their surroundings rather than generate their own heat signature.

Here’s Flir One in action.

I wonder if that’s Don Draper narrating…

The Flir One includes a rechargeable 1,400mA/h battery that extends your iPhone’s battery life by 50 percent while powering the thermal imager for up to two hours.

The company says consumers can use the case in a variety of ways:

For example, homeowners and contractors with a Flir One can easily identify heat or cooling leaks in buildings, find studs in walls, or locate 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 by using Flir One.

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

I bet folks will find their own creative uses for the case.

A nighttime hide-and-seek, anyone?

Or, how about a thermal scavenger hunt?

The case will be available globally in Spring 2014 “for less than $350″ and will come in grey, white or gold, with Flir One for select Andriod models coming later in 2014.

A software development kit to develop Flir One apps will launch later this quarter.

To reserve yours, register your interest at the Flir website.

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  • SkyFall

    …with Flir One for select Andriod models… Shouldn’t it be “Android”.

    • Chuck Finley

      Because Android phones come in all shapes and sizes I’m guessing it’s to expensive to make the case fit every Android phone, hence selected Android models.

      While I do like variety, I’ve always appreciated the fact that if I want an accessory for my iPhone I know I can easily find one, instead of having to worry about what model phone I have.

      • Nick Chambers

        I believe SkyFall was referring to the fact that Android was spelled incorrectly.

  • chumawumba

    When can we get x ray vision?

    • Armando Lopez

      No, perv

      • Arturo Polanco

        jajaja perv

      • Arsanny Lintang

        you just thinking the wrong pervert way… what he meant is looking at our bones if its broken or not and if it’s broken you don’t have to pay extra money to x-ray your body and it will save you money ;)

      • chumawumba

        EXACTLY MY INTENTIONS

      • simon morfin

        YEHA MEN,THIS CHIMICHANGA GUY OR WHATEVER NAME IS HES A REAL DE MOLESTER MAN. LOL.

    • simon morfin

      YOU NEED THE X-RAY TO CHECK ON GUYS, U FRUITCAKE LOL.

  • Jason Duong

    Finally! I really REALLY needed to know how hot things were before I touched them.

    This will be the best $350’s I’ve spent EVER.

  • Jonathan

    I sooo needed this!!!!!!…not.

  • Tony

    Another cool item but way to much.

    • Royce Otero

      Umm do u even know what thermo cameras are worth? No I didn’t think so.

      • Tony

        Actually I do and what I meant is that it’s to much for the actual device to be on a phone. Not worth the price tag by any means. Not to mention it’s no where near in the same realm as the quality of the real thing so again the price tag is because it’s a gimmick device.

      • Royce Otero

        same people that making it for the phone is the real company… there not going to sell a gimmick trust me…

      • Anon

        Actually (speaking as a FLIR distributor and someone who sells IR cameras and trains people) – FLIR do sell gimmicks (just like every other Thermography manufacturer!).

        Tony is right….This is a gimmick and the quality is NOWHERE near a professional camera. This is nothing more than showboating! Clever, but it’s not going to be ANYWHERE near as accurate as a FLIR T600 for example!

        Do they even tell you the detector size (and therefore the pixels and number of temperatures the camera can measure at once….no….funny that!)

  • Royce Otero

    I want this

  • simon morfin

    BULL CRAP, I PUT 49 DOLLARS MORE AND I GET THE IPAD AIR.

    • chumawumba

      350 + 49 = 399. iPad Air is $499. Not so good at math are you?

      • John714

        Ever heard of craigslist? Not so good at thinking outside the box are you?

      • simon morfin

        YOU ARE STUPID MY FRIEND.IPAD AIR TMOBILE 128 GIG.OF COURSE IF YOU HAVE A GOOD CREDIT.(IN YOUR CASE I DOUBT IT)CHECK THE TMOBILE WEB YOU FAGHH.LMAO.

      • Jonathan

        There are reasons there is a flag icon next to comments, this being one of them.

      • simon morfin

        F U JHONNYBOY (JONATHAN) I DONT GIVE A FLYIN FK ABOUT UR FLAG ABOUT THAT. LMAO.

      • Jonathan

        Ever heard of the word “respect”?
        Apparently not.

  • magicfred92

    Definitely Don Draper !

  • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

    “Since all living beings emit heat, the case sees these heat signatures and tiny differences in temperature in complete darkness, allowing for interesting uses.” I see what you did there :)

  • http://www.mixed-up-pix.smugmug.com tizza70

    Photographers will go nuts if you find an INFRARED app or attachable lens/filter.
    Don’t get me wrong I think it’s amazing that FLIR have done this and it will be amazing but thermal is not infrared in the photography field, just google (infrared photography) and you see what I mean.
    I can’t believe that no one has made a proper near infrared app yet. They’ll make a fortune