Last year at CES a company called “FLIR” showed off a smartphone-based thermal camera. Unfortunately for us it was built into a case that only fit on the iPhone 5. FLIR is back at CES this year, but this time their thermal camera works with almost any smartphone.
Instead of being built into a case, the FLIR One can be attached to any device with a lightning or micro-USB port. So what does it actually do? The FLIR One allows you to see thermal information all around you in real-time. It can be useful for finding air leaks in your home, hot circuits, water leaks, or for just having fun. See it in action below.
Other than the new design, the FLIR One has a number of other improvements over the model from last year. It has a better resolution sensor and its own battery so your phone won’t be drained. With the companion app you can get instant temperature readings, use a number of different filters, and even take time-lapse videos. The FLIR One will launch later this year for around $200-300.