New, smaller Flir One thermal camera works with Android devices

Thermal imaging company Flir's original One is a neat tool, but its bulky body only works with the iPhone 5 and 5S, and its 80-by-60-pixel thermal imaging sensor looks a little limited next to the 320-by-240-pixel units in some of the company's dedicated thermal cameras. A new, updated Flir One is available today, and it features a much smaller body along with a 160-by-120-pixel thermal sensor. A micro-USB version of the new One can be plugged into any Android device with such a port, too.

The One's infrared imaging sensor works alongside a VGA camera that captures images in the visible spectrum. The two images are then blended together using Flir's proprietary MSX technology to provide a detailed final result, rather than the blobs of color one might expect from depictions of thermal imaging in popular media.

Android compatibility is a nice touch, but be sure to check Flir's device testing results before plunking down any cash: the experience is apparently variable, with only the Galaxy S5, S6, and Nexus 6 earning full marks.

The Lightning version of the Flir One for iOS devices is available today for $249, while the micro-USB version for Android devices can be pre-ordered for a July release.

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    • bjm
    • 6 years ago

    These would be an awesome addition to TR’s case review tool set.

    • Crackhead Johny
    • 6 years ago

    Taking “sending dik pix to people” to a whole new level.

    EDIT: This camera would totally justify setting up an account named “sexual Predator” on a free dating site and sending dik pix with this.. or at least a mad up youtube video.

    • UberGerbil
    • 6 years ago

    These things are so much fun, I wish I could justify spending that much on what amounts to (for my uses) a toy. But other than checking the state of my wall / ceiling insulation, for which borrowed a pro tool, I really don’t have a practical use for it.

    • Omniman
    • 6 years ago

    This would be cool to see where my house is leaking heat/cool air.

      • tay
      • 6 years ago

      Anyone know if this is useful for this purpose? I’m interested as well.

        • Omniman
        • 6 years ago

        I did some research and it looks like it works well for home improvement work.

    • Takeshi7
    • 6 years ago

    Is it really worth 2.5X the cost of a Seek thermal camera?

      • MetricT
      • 6 years ago

      The Seek camera is $249.99

      [url<]http://obtain.thermal.com/product-p/uw-aaa.htm[/url<] The FLIR One is $249.99 [url<]http://www.flir.com/flirone/content/?id=69420[/url<] It's been a few decades since I had algebra, but $249.99 / $249.99 != 2.5.

    • Jeff Kampman
    • 6 years ago

    We’re getting at least one of these to add a new perspective to our case and cooler reviews. Should be neat!

      • derFunkenstein
      • 6 years ago

      That will be super fun to see. The footage you linked during Computex was neat enough, and having it in your reviews will be even neater.

    • liquidsquid
    • 6 years ago

    We use the higher-end cousins in the lab often for circuit debug, and boy they are fun to goof around with!

    • tipoo
    • 6 years ago

    These are pretty cool, I like seeing shots of these in product reviews to see how much things are going to impact your fertility.

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