by Brent Dirks
January 8, 2014
FLIR is well-known for providing thermal imaging cameras to the professional sector. But at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, the company is showing off its first consumer-oriented product: the FLIR One. Designed for the iPhone 5/5s, the product turns your iPhone into a personal thermal imaging system. If you’re not familiar with thermal imaging, it allows users to “see” in total darkness. Originally designed for use by the military, it has made big waves in the law enforcement, search and rescue, and surveillance sectors. But now consumers have a way to take advantage of the interesting technology. Fitting on iPhone like a case, the One features its own built-in battery that can power the thermal imager for two hours of continuous use and can also boost the handset’s battery life by up to 50 percent. Surprisingly, the One weighs at just 3.2 ounces and shouldn’t add a huge amount of bulk to an iPhone. Working with the companion FLIR One MX app, users can capture thermal images directly to the camera roll and also share to social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Our own Dom Esposito got a look at the case during the show. The FLIR One will be available sometime this spring and retail for $349. Buyers can select from a gray, white, or gold version that will match the color of their iPhone. You can learn more information about the case on FLIR’s site. For other recent accessory news, see: CES: Get Into The Groove With The IK Multimedia iRing Motion-Based MIDI Controller, CES: Check Out Braven's Brand New Bluetooth Speakers For 2014, and Signal’s RP One Will Give iOS Gamers Yet Another Wireless Controller Option.