Thermal Camera Imaging Brought to Your Daily Life, See Things Like Never Before
CAT phones has just announced its new flagship product, the Cat S60 dubbed the world’s first smartphone with an integrated thermal camera, and the world’s most waterproof smartphone. The Cat S60 includes an embedded thermal camera from FLIR, namely the Lepton Thermal Microcamera Module which is one of the smallest and most affordable thermal imaging sensors on the market, though it is also a bit limited in terms of resolution and temperature range when compared to full fledged thermal cameras. Still the capabilities it offers are ideal for integration into multifunctional devices such as smartphones, allowing their users to get a more useful and functional portable device. The device will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2016, in Barcelona, taking place between February 22nd – 28th.
The embedded FLIR thermal camera in the Cat S60 allows the device to be easily used for things like detecting heat loss around windows and doors; spotting moisture and missing insulation; identifying over-heating electrical appliances and circuitry; and seeing in complete darkness. The thermal camera visualizes heat that is invisible to the naked eye, highlighting temperature contrasts. It can pick up heat and measure surface temperatures from a distance of up to 50 to 100 feet, and see through obscurants such as smoke, enabling a huge range of use cases for building professionals, utility workers, outdoor sports enthusiasts, and emergency first responders to name but a few.
The Cat S60 is also waterproof to depths of up to 5 meters for one hour, allowing it to be used as an underwater camera, pushing the boundaries of mobile technology, and how and where it’s used. The Cat S60 is also an extremely tough and robust, world class rugged smartphone. It exceeds military spec, is built to withstand drops onto concrete from up to 1.8 meters, and it’s dustproof as well as waterproof. Its versatile, super-bright display can be viewed in bright sunlight, and the touchscreen can be controlled with wet fingers or while wearing gloves. It is also protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
CAT S60 key features:
– Strengthened Die Cast Frame
– Drop proof to 1.8m, MIL Spec 810G
– Super bright display (typical 540 nits), Gorilla Glass 4
– 7″ HD capacitive multi-touch with auto wet finger & glove support
– Optimised battery performance (3800mAh)
– High quality audio experience (>105dB)
– Underwater 13MP main camera with dual flash, 5MP front-facing camera
– 4G LTE
– Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor
– 32GB ROM, 3GB RAM
– Android Marshmallow
– Dedicated FLIR thermal camera app with MSX technology; still image, panorama, and video capture; changeable heat palettes; temperature spot meter; and min, max, and average temperature data
It is not yet clear if the thermal imaging camera is based on the first lower resolution generation of FLIR Lepton thermal sensor or the newer higher resolution ones, but it seems that the output resolution is 640×480 pixels or with other words the thermal image will be interpolated as the actual resolution of the thermal imaging sensor is lower (80×60 or 160×120). The Cat S60 will be available later this year at a recommended price of €649 Euro and $599 USD depending on the region.
The DIY-Thermocam is a low-cost, do-it-yourself thermographic camera project intended for everyone that is interested in thermal imaging. The aim of this project is to give private persons, educational institutes or small companies access to a portable and open-source thermal imaging platform that is based on a good thermal imaging industry solution in the form of FLIR’s Lepton thermal imaging sensor. There are various applications for thermographic cameras such as finding heat leaks in the insulation of buildings including windows, the analysis of electric or mechanical components, the detection of persons or animals, the production of electronic components that get hot and a lot more. The DIY-Thermocam is being offered as an easy to assemble kit with 75 single components, allowing you to take advantage of the versatile possibilities of thermal imaging without the need to purchase a commercially available solution that will be closed source and hardware and may cost you much more.
The self-assembly kit of the DIY-Thermocam is currently available for 429 EURO with no extra tax and with free shipping and it contains all the components you need to create your own thermal imager at home. The assembly process takes about 2-4 hours, depending on your speed and experience with the soldering iron. You only need a (basic) soldering iron, a knife, some tape and a screwdriver to make it. The soldering procedure is easy: No SMD components, only big through-hole parts and modules. You will get a nice illustrated assembly guide will lead you through the assembly process.
The self-assembly kit contains:
– 80×60 pixel thermal array sensor (FLIR Lepton)
– Single-point infrared sensor with laser marker
– ARM Cortex M4 microcontroller
– 2500 mAh lithium polymer battery
– 3.2 inch color touch display
– 640×480 pixel visual camera
– Charger & voltage booster
– Thermal array sensor breakout board
– Custom PCB
– Custom laser-cut enclosure out of black acrylic
– 2GB micro SD card
– micro USB cable
– 70 other components like resistors, wires, bolts & nuts, etc.
– Illustrated assembly guide, manual & how-to guides
Seek Thermal’s new Reveal is a two in one device – a portable thermal imaging camera that allows you to see through the dark plus a powerful LED light source packed in a durable, rubberized package that fits in your pocket or toolbox. The Seek Reveal handheld imager combines powerful thermal imaging capabilities and a high-performance light in one portable and durable standalone device, unlike the other products of the company that do require to be used together with a smartphone. What you get is a 206×156 pixels Thermal Sensor capable of 36 degrees FOV with detectable temperature range of -40 degrees Celsius to 330 degrees Celsius along with a very bright 300 lumen LED light source packed in a rugged, rubberized casing. The device can be used in either of the two modes – as a thermal camera displaying the thermal images on a 240×320 pixels LCD display or as an alternative to a flashlight if you only need to have a strong light. The best of all is that the Seek Reveal is completely standalone device that does need a smartphone or anything else to be used and you can purchase one for $399 USD.
Seek Reveal specifications:
– Model: RW-AAA
– 150 meter viewable range
– 240×320 Display Resolution
– Detectable range of -40° to 330° C
– 36° field-of-view
– 206×156 Thermal Sensor
– Rechargeable lithium battery with 11+ hour runtime
– 300 lumen LED spotlight
– Seconds to set up, simple to use
– Removable MicroSD card for photo storage
– Compact enough for one-handed operation
– Vanadium Oxide Microbolometer
– 12μ Pixel Pitch
– Chalcogenide Lens
– Long Wave Infrared 7.2 – 13 Microns