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    • CommentAuthorSwarm
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2014
     
    I have no connection with this and have no idea if it will be any good but the price point is quite interesting $350 (Although one would also need an iphone, android version is planned).

    http://www1.flircs.com/flirone/explore/

    Can anyone with experience of the pricey thermal imaging cameras guestimate how this compares from the sample images and videos on http://www1.flircs.com/flirone/gallery/
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2014
     
    no comparison, i can do those ones on my i pad but aint worth doing, the lens on a thermal imager is transparent to ir, other cameras have lenses that absorb ir
    • CommentAuthorSwarm
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2014
     
    Unless you have some sort of attachment for your ipad that is doing the same thing as the Flir one device, you won't be able to do the same imaging. It is an add-on hardware device with two cameras, a normal low resolution camera and a thermal camera.

    This isn't some basic software app that just makes things look like a thermal imaging camera would.
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2014
     
    I mentioned the Apple ir camera a while back and it is just a software trick apparently.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2014
     
    May be it is real one then? looks like proper thermal image to me.
    • CommentAuthorSprocket
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2014
     
    It does look "real". I presume the visible detail overlay is necessary to give you some context because the IR camera part is very low resolution.

    That case looks too shallow to focus long IR to a sensor of any significant size.
    It looks like the "Core: Lepton" they refer to is the thermal image sensor.
    Still not much info but:-

    http://www.flir.com/cvs/cores/view/?id=62648

    If it is real it might be useful for an idea surface temperature and cold areas. It probably won't be detailed enough to pick out air leaks like the cold edges around window frames or small areas of cold bridgeing.

    Obviously the higher the resolution the better,
    But it is hard to say just how much resolution is necessary to do a good job.
    So it is hard to say how useful this would be in real-life without actually trying it I think.

    Very interesting though.
    Small size in imagers usually means increased noise... but they have been getting better at both eliminating and dealing with that... which makes it easier to make things smaller.
    • CommentAuthorandyman99
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2014 edited
     
    http://www.macrumors.com/2014/01/08/ces-2014-flir-systems-debuts-flir-one-thermal-camera-case-for-iphone-5s-and-iphone-5/

    Some of the comments indicate it contains an 80x60 thermal sensor and other electronics to give an affective VGA resolution
    • CommentAuthorJonti
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2014
     
    Lidl have an infrared temperature probe on special offer from the 16th for just £17.99 Think I might invest I one.

    Jonti
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2014
     
    I bought one from them last year, its great, I point it at all sorts of things.:bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorborpin
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2014
     
    Posted By: JontiLidl have an infrared temperature probe on special offer from the 16th for just £17.99 Think I might invest I one.
    Good shout.
    • CommentAuthorJonti
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2014
     
    Posted By: SteamyTeaI bought one from them last year, its great, I point it at all sorts of things.:bigsmile:" alt=":bigsmile:" src="http:///forum114/extensions/Vanillacons/smilies/standard/bigsmile.gif" >


    Just think of the fun you could have being Buzz Lightyear. To infinity and beyond:peace:

    Jonti
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2014
     
    A Light Sabre is better :cool:
  1.  
    They had something like this technology in Bricodepot a while back. It used a basic infrared sensor that "paints" colors onto the camera image to create the effect of a thermal image. I played with it a bit and was very disappointed, the effect was pretty lame, but then it was only selling for about 60 euros, not 300. Maybe this one actually works.
    • CommentAuthorJonti
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2014
     
    Lidl's will be about £17 I think

    Jonti
    • CommentAuthorJonti
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2014
     
    Just bought my Infrared Temperature Probe from Lidl for £17.99 so will try it out tonight if I find the time.

    Jonti
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2014
     
    Take it to the pictures tonight as it is the first showing of 'Gravity'. Can see just how cold space is then. But don't send a text.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25726591
    • CommentAuthorJonti
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2014
     
    Pretty unbelievable eh!
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2014
     
    Mad as snakes down there
  2.  
    Have just got a Lidl temperature probe. Thanks for telling us about that. Quite fun; haven't really done anything useful with it yet, but it works.

    Obviously you don't get an image; it's just a single point (or really a small area), but it has a good scanning feature where you take a reference temperature, and then, if the point you're looking at is roughly that temperature (the range is configurable), the screen is green. If hotter: red; if colder: blue. So you can get a good mental picture of the temperatures in the room. Probably they all have this feature but I didn't know about it or realize how easy it would be to use.

    The corner of the room where I am getting condensation behind the bed is 7.5C!
  3.  
    Good for telling the temperature of wine before you serve it
    • CommentAuthorJonti
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2014
     
    passivhausfan,

    I too have been trying mine out and for £17.99 I think it is great value for money. It is a quick and easy way of finding where there are cool spots in the house.

    Jonti
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2014
     
    mine was 6.99 online :)
    • CommentAuthorJonti
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2014
     
    Posted By: tonymine was 6.99 online :)
    :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorsquirrel
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2014 edited
     
    Posted By: passivhausfanHave just got a Lidl temperature probe. Thanks for telling us about that. Quite fun; haven't really done anything useful with it yet, but it works.


    Same here, add my thanks to his! :)

    My neighbours seem to have the heating on the whole day, the party walls are a lot warmer than everything else when my heating isn't on. And I have a cold spot under my front window, perhaps not that surprising.
  4.  
    Here are some pics from my FLIR One - its been really useful picking missing areas of insulation and badly fitting windows.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/52211715@N05/sets/72157649657140171/

    In practice, the limited resolution doesn't seem to be much of an issue unless you want to do a whole house picture from a 100m away...
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2014
     
    Middle picture, top row, and your expecting help :wink:
    • CommentAuthorandyman99
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2014 edited
     
    Posted By: SteamyTeaMiddle picture, top row, and your expecting help:wink:" alt=":wink:" src="http:///forum114/extensions/Vanillacons/smilies/standard/wink.gif" >


    I'm sure it is his sons bedroom! Daniel, I was hoping someone might get one of these, thanks for posting the pictures they look very useful. Where did you order it from?

    Edit: Answer my own question, as I see they have them in the apple store now for £265. Not sure about fitting the 5c though.
  5.  
    Yes its my Sons bedroom - the Chelsea thing is not my fault....

    Just tried it on a 5c (i'm an App developer so have all the devices), it doesn't fit as well as on the 5 but it should be just fine.
    • CommentAuthorandyman99
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2014
     
    Thank you for that. Seems I have an Xmas present.
  6.  
    So much for me signing up to the official mailing list - not a peep!
    I guess they released it with a bit less fanfare than I expected.

    Now to start saving up...
   
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