A câmera Predator-Vision da FLIR agora funciona com qualquer dispositivo móvel

A nova câmera térmica FLIR One Edge Pro mostrada conectada a vários smartphones.

Em 2014, a FLIR trouxe a mesma tecnologia de imagem térmica usada por policiais e militares para os consumidores por meio de um acessório que deu aos iPhones Predator-vision sensor de calor. A última versão, o novo FLIR One Edge Pronão requer mais uma conexão física com um dispositivo móvel, e funciona com iPhones e smartphones e tablets Android.

A primeira tentativa da FLIR de atualizar smartphones com imagens térmicas veio na forma de um case integral para iPhone 5 e 5s com sua própria bateria recarregável e um par de câmeras que permitem misturar fotografia ao vivo com imagem térmica, facilitando usuários iniciantes para entender o que eles viram.

A capa original do smartphone FLIR One na foto sendo segurada.

Foi definitivamente legal, mas o O preço de US $ 350 foi uma venda difícil porque ninguém foi capaz de usar o acessório apenas com o case com versões futuras do iPhone que mudaram o design apenas o suficiente para exigir um case completamente diferente, e os usuários do Android ficaram completamente de fora.

A câmera térmica FLIR One conectada à porta Lightning de um iPhone.

A year later, FLIR redesigned the accessory as a small pod that attached to the bottom of a smartphone through its charging port. The new FLIR One would not only work with future versions of the iPhone that had a Lightning port (even the most recent models) but a version was also introduced with a microUSB connector for Android devices.

There’s now a third-generation version of the FLIR One with both Apple Lightning and USB-C port compatibility, as well as an adjustable connector that can accommodate smartphones trapped inside a bulky case, but to date it remained a device that required a physical connection to a smartphone, which can often be problematic, depending on where you’re trying to point the camera. To solve that, Teledyne FLIR announced today that the new One Edge Pro, which is still smartphone-dependent but can be used separately up to nearly 100 feet away.

The FLIR One Edge Pro thermal camera shown clamped to an iPad and an iPhone.

The FLIR One Edge Pro features a self-contained design again, but instead of connecting to a mobile device’s charging port, it attaches using an adjustable spring-loaded clamping mechanism that expands large enough to grab onto even the beefiest of smartphones, and even tablets.

The new FLIR One Edge Pro thermal camera demonstrated being used on its own, and hanging on a metal support.

With a lack of a physical connection to a device, the FLIR One Edge Pro instead relies on a combination of wifi and Bluetooth to stream live thermal camera footage through a free accompanying mobile app, at distances of almost 100 feet away. Users can hold the thermal camera in one hand, making it easier to position or squeeze it into hard-t0-reach places, while seeing the results on the screen of a mobile device in their other hand. The FLIR One Edge Pro’s adjustable clamp can also be used as a hanging hook, for users who need to mount it and monitor temperature changes of a target over time.

The FLIR One Edge Pro’s built-in rechargeable battery is good for about 90 minutes of use, and while it can be connected to an external battery to extend that even further, its 160×120 resolution radiometric Lepton thermal imaging sensor, which can measure temperatures as hot as 752-degrees Fahrenheit, isn’t designed to operate for hours on end. So strapping it to a tree and turning the One Edge Pro into a thermal imaging trail camera isn’t the best idea.

The FLIR One Edge Pro thermal camera on its own sitting on a white background.

Unlike the rest of the FLIR One lineup which includes options that range in price from $230 to $450 depending on the features and capabilities a user needs, the new FLIR One Edge Pro é a opção mais cara até hoje, destinada a usuários profissionais com Preço de US $ 550 quando estiver à venda hoje.