The Seek Thermal Infrared Camera for iPhone and Android | WIRED
A new article in Wired discusses the Seek Thermal ($199 for Android or Apple phones on Amazon) and the FLIR One (about $350 and Apple only).
These gizmos plug
into a smartphone and push an IR thermal camera
image into the phone
, and give you options for analysis and display besides just showing the image.
They aren't cheap
cheap but they are way better than the ten grand for a "real" professional IR camera
. Thoughts that come to mind are using one on an engine
, to see exactly what "normal" looks like all over the engine
system, which would immediately indicate a hot spot, or even an overheating
bearing or pulley. Or how the alternator
really is doing.
And I can't help but thinking, there's got to be some way this could tell whether a rudder
is internally soaked, based on how the IR view of a rudder
(on a recently hauled boat) changed in response to the heat of the sun cycling through it during the day.
Who knows what else. But at $200...this has got to open doors for new uses.