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The Seek thermal camera accessory for Apple iOS devices is now available for sale with a price of $199 USD as up until recently only the Android-based version of the device was up for sale. The Seek thermal Camera for iOS is designed and optimized to be used with an iPhone 5, 5c or 5S as well as iPhone 6 and 6 Plus or iPod Touch 5th Generation, but the device will also work with iPad Mini (all versions), iPad Air and iPad 4th Generation. Since the iOS version of the Seek thermal imaging camera is using the newer Lightning interface for connecting to the smartphone or tablet it will not be compatible with devices such as iPhone 4S or older as well as iPad and iPod touch models that use the old larger Apple connector. Also, apart from a compatible Apple iOS device with a Lightning interface you would also need to have it running iOS 7 or newer version of the operating system in order for it to work.

The specifications of the iOS version of the accessory are the same as the ones for the already available for a while Android version of the device, the price is also the same, so it is up to you to get the right model based on your smartphone type. The important thing is that the iOS version is now also available, but unfortunately just like with the Android version you can currently order and have the Seek thermal imager from the official website only to United States and Canada, no other countries are currently present in the shipping to list. Hopefully we are soon going to see the Seek Thermal camera accessory also available worldwide as the price for the device along with the very good specifications that it has, at least on paper, make it really an affordable and interesting solution for a lot of users around the world.

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Last year a workaround that included the modification of the software of the FLIR E4 entry level thermal camera has been discovered that allowed the users to get higher resolution and additional functionality available only in the top model of the series – the FLIR E8. It seems that the thermal imaging sensor used in the whole series was the same higher resolution one and it has been locked to lower resolution for the cheaper models from the series and the additional software features available in the higher-end models as well. FLIR has quickly addressed the “issue” by updating the firmware and selling new cameras with newer firmware version that did not allow the easy modification from users, but it seems that it might still be possible to unlock at least the resolution on E4 cameras with newer firmware. Meanwhile the “hack” was also extended to cover other models from the FLIR thermal camera range such as the FLIR i3/i5 that can be modified to i7 in terms of functionality or FLIR E30 to E60. If you are interested you can check the pretty long discussion with information and modification guides available on the EEVblog, but be warned that the process may not be easy for the average user as it involves some tinkering with the device and its software. If you are not sure you will be able to do it, then you better not even try as you may end up with unusable thermal camera that cannot be repaired under warranty, so be careful!

For more information on how to modify the FLIR E4 and other FLIR thermal cameras…

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The FLIR Lepton thermal imaging sensor is a smaller resolution (80×60 pixels) and affordable priced sensor designed for use in mobile devices providing an affordable thermal imaging capabilities. This is the thermal imaging sensor that is used by FLIR in their FLIR ONE thermal imaging accessory for the Apple iPhone 5 and 5S. The DIY and hardware hacking community has already worked up on a solution to use the FLIR Leptopn sensor along with a custom developed breakout board for various projects. But since FLIR does not sell single units separately, but takes only large orders for the sensors it is hard to get a Lepton sensor to experiment with. One way to do so is to buy a FLIR ONE disassemble the device and take out sensor, the alternative is to go for a group buy. There is a GroupGet campaign for the FLIR Lepton Thermal Camera Core currently running that can help you get a single or a few units for $207.60 USD each and you can also get a breakout board for $45 USD each. This will allow you to interface the Lepton thermal imaging sensor to a custom controller and add thermal imaging capabilities to a project you are working on such as a robot or a drone for example.

For more information on the GroupGet campaign for the FLIR Lepton sensors…

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