Remember the alien with heat vision in the movie “Predator”? You, too, can now stalk people in the jungle by their heat signatures – or check your home’s insulation for leaks, whichever is most useful to you.
FLIR Systems Inc. is launching its first consumer product, an iPhone jacket that contains a heat camera. Temperature differences show up in different colors on the screen. For instance, you can set it to show hotter things in yellow, medium-hot in red and cold in purple.
The FLIR One will cost $349, which compares with $995 and up for FLIR’s professional thermal imagers. The resolution of the thermal image is low, but the jacket also contains a regular, visible-spectrum camera and overlays the images for a more detailed picture. The phone can record video or stills of the heat images.
WHAT YOU COULD USE IT FOR:
• Spot leaky insulation in the house.
• Detect moisture leaks in the house. Because it loses heat through evaporation, water looks cold.
• Beat your kids at hide-and-seek, “Predator”-style.
• Spot lurkers in the parking lot or wildlife at night.
• Crazy party shots in darkness.
• Unique selfies. “Look at me, I have a fever!”