Thermal Camera Imaging Brought to Your Daily Life, See Things Like Never Before
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.
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.