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Another interesting project from the same guys that brought the Lepton breakout board – Pure Engineering is the Lepton Demo Camera that can turn a FLIR Lepton thermal imaging sensor into a portable thermal camera. The project is basically a for the internals of a tiny digital camera that can take thermal photos onto a microSD card and view a live feed from the thermal sensor on the LCD screen. The FLIR Lepton Demo Camera kit comes without the Lepton thermal sensor, you need to source that separately. The camera kit is available from GroupGet at a price of $150 USD and minimum order quantity is 25 units – meaning that 25 people are needed to fulfill the group get too be successful. It is definitely an interesting project that will allow you to have a really portable battery-powered thermal imaging camera based on the FLIR Lepton thermal imager.

For more information about the FLIR Lepton Demo Camera project at GroupGets…


SparkFun has made available a new interesting development kit that allows you to get your hands on a FLIR Lepton thermal imaging sensor along with a breakout board specially developed for it in a single package that you can order. There are alternative ways in which you can get the Lepton thermal sensor such as a group buy or by purchasing a complete FLIR ONE Thermal Imaging Accessory for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S and disassembling it to take out the sensor from it. But you also need to get the breakout board fr the sensor developed by Pure Engineering as well.

The FLiR Dev Kit offered by SparkFun has the breakout board as well as a the Lepton longwave infrared (LWIR) imager and is available for $349.95 USD, making it easy to get everything you need to start developing your own thermal imaging projects with an Arduino, Raspberry Pi or an ARM based development tool. Note that sourcing the sensor separately and the breakout board as well you could end up with a slightly lower cost, but it could take more time or efforts to get your hands on the hardware, so the SparkFun kit can be an interesting alternative if they have it in stock.

For more information about the SparkFun FLiR Dev Kit with Lepton and Breakout board…


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…