CES 2014: FLIR Systems Debuts 'FLIR ONE' Thermal Camera Case for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    FLIR Systems showed off its FLIR ONE thermal imaging camera case for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 at CES 2014, allowing users to display heat signatures from live humans, animals, and environmental sources up to 100 feet away. In addition to its infrared capabilities, the FLIR ONE houses a rechargeable battery that can power the case for up to two hours, and also increases the battery of an iPhone by up to 50 percent.
    FLIR also says a developer SDK for the device is in the works for late 2014, with select developers getting early access. The FLIR ONE camera case itself will begin shipping in Spring 2014 and will come in grey, white, or gold and sell for $350.

    Article Link: CES 2014: FLIR Systems Debuts 'FLIR ONE' Thermal Camera Case for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5
  2. macrumors 68030


    Nov 23, 2011
    Sweet, so now I can get 3 hours of battery life from my iP5!
  3. macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2013
    @keysofanxiety - is trolling still a fashion on Macrumors ?

    Congrats FLIR Systems - it looks like an awesome technology and very practical too.
  4. CJM
    macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2005
  5. macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2006
  6. macrumors newbie


    May 31, 2011
    Site says it'll cost less than $350 which probably means $349.99.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2014
    There is one major problem with this device. FLIR ommited the most important thing in every promo material and specification for this device - resolution.

    That suggests that the resolution is very, very bad and the thing is just a gadget :-(

    Better look at regular Flir E4 (80x60) camera that can be easily hacked to E8 resolution (320x240).

    The IPhone accessory is most likely worse than Flir E4.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2007
    Somebody's having a grumpy battery life.
  9. macrumors 68000


    May 10, 2005
    Shropshire, UK
    Yes but a separate device at 3 times the price isn't going to be the best option for a lot of potential buyers. I'd say that most people who need high resolution (e.g. rescue teams) are going to be spending thousands on high end models anyway, this is aimed at those further down the scale such as it mentions in the blurb for whom resolution isn't going to be a major issue, such as locating heat-loss spots or intruders in a dark house.
  10. macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2012
    I wonder if these will fall under the ITAR export laws as well. When I bought my HS-324 I basically had to hand over my soul to the CIA.

    I guess these cases will be very low resolution so that the Taliban cannot mount iPhones to their AK47's.

    This is still a fantastic product though.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
    For those who think they're hot stuff <sarcasm>
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
    Some will think they're too cool for this gadget......
  13. macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
  14. x s
    macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2008
    I believe the Lepton sensor used in this product is designed to not be restricted by ITAR export regulations (so you shouldn't have to deal with the CIA anymore).


    I'm confident the thermal resolution will not be worse than the E4 model; with MSX you'll probably even get VGA blended images!
  15. macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2006
    Great idea, price point is too high. I'd get this for like 100, maybe 150
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 4, 2013
    in a ziplock bag inside a car's trunk
    i always thought that to have a thermal imaging device you need some sort of cooling so the camera could capture the different temperatures
  17. macrumors member


    Dec 7, 2013
  18. macrumors 65816


    Feb 27, 2006
    This reminds me of those ads in the back of comic books (when I was a kid, a long, long time ago) for X-ray vision glasses.

    The future really is now!
  19. macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    This kind of technology needs to be combined with Google glasses.

    Always wanted to be a Predator.
  20. macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2012
    I think $350 is not so bad compared to what thermal cameras currently cost.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    I would love to get this but at this point I'll be picking up an iPhone 6 in Sept and the form factor is most likely going to change then. Wish it was mainly just a clip on instead of what appears to be a case form factor.
  22. macrumors 68020

    May 20, 2011
    What benefit is a thermal camera with a 100 ft range other than checking if your meal is 'warm' enough?

    Granted 100ft is pretty far for indoors - but it would only be practical if it can see through a regular wall (sheetrock) to locate a person in another room.
  23. autrefois, Jan 8, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2014

    macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    For a limited time only, FLIR Systems is teaming up with House Key Scanning Service 'KeyMe' for our Burglar's Special™.

    Scan in the key of your ex, a co-worker, or any key you can get your hands on to have a duplicate mailed to you through KeyMe's easy-to-use key replication service. Along with "your" key, you'll receive a coupon for 50% off the FLIR ONE Thermal Camera Case.

    Tired of getting caught in the act when breaking and entering? FLIR ONE will help you determine whether that house, office, or business you're trying to sneak into is currently occupied.

    Reduce your chances of getting caught or shot at when you're out robbing or snooping. Order the Burglar's Special™ today — it's a steal!

    Mention MacRumors and you'll get an extra 10% off your purchase. ;)
  24. macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2007
    Also, intruders can detect families in total darkness.
  25. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    Based on their images, it's pretty good at least compared to truly heat cameras in the same price segment - it seems to be slightly below QVGA. For this price, it seems to be a good buy.


    Definitely. A higher-resolution one (e.g., a VGA-resolution one) is easily over some thousands of $.

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