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Flir Updates Thermal Imager

A new model of the device, available later in 2015, will work with either Apple or Android smart phones

Posted on Jan 20 2015 by Scott Gibson

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 scheduled to go on sale later this year at a price that has yet to be announced.

The first version of the product 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°F to 248°F, and a temperature sensitivity of 0.18 F°.

The 2.75-ounce device attaches to an iPhone or iPad via Apple's Lighting connector (the cable introduced with the iPhone 5), and attaches to 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 that it released an updated app for Apple devices in December, and would offer a software developer kit for Android devices in the spring.


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Jan 20, 2015 12:48 PM ET

Any idea on the price?
by Lucy Foxworth

Scott,

Did the company give you any hints on the price?Did you use the first Flir One? I don't have a iPhone 5 (still using my old iPhone 4) and was going to buy someone's old iPhone 5 to get a Flir One, but the next generation sounds much more useful.

This device sounds perfect for me as someone not in the building industry, trying to make my house and my family's houses more energy efficient. Just wondered if you got any scoop on the price.

Thank you.


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Jan 20, 2015 2:56 PM ET

No price
by Scott Gibson

Sorry, Lucy, the company was not willing to drop any hints about the price. And I did not get the opportunity to use one of the original versions. Possibly someone else at GBA did.


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Jan 20, 2015 6:19 PM ET

Alternative to FLIR
by Apollo S

FLIR is household name and don't think they have motivation to get too deep into consumer business. I was looking for bit more affordable IR camera and managed to be one of the 1st 100 to buy SEEK Thermal camera attachment for Android (there is iPhone one too). $200 and I don't think you can get anything better in that price range. I am using it almost every week as I am working on different stuff on my house. Not exactly resolution of $2K unit, but sure as heck it isn't 10X less powerful.


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