Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Turn your Smartphone into a Thermal Camera [DIY]

It seems to good to be true... While our smartphones have evolved a lot in the last couple of years, there are still things we wish they could do... but (still) can't. For instance: night-vision is still a no-show... and let's not even talk about thermal imaging! Those cameras still cost many thousands of dollars, which make it impossible for anyone to use them to check their homes for hot/cold spots that might be inflating their energy costs.

But things might be about to change, as a projecte popped up promising to turn your smarpthone in a thermal camera for $150.

The thermal image is overlaid on the real image - and having just 64 pixels (16x4 thermal "areas") we're still a long way off those high-resolution thermal images we all know and love.

But... at least its a step in the right direction. Maybe 10 years from now our smartphones (or digital glasses) will be capable of sifting through thermal/nightvision/other visual modes... but until then, at least we can get 64 pixels of thermal imaging on the cheap.

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