Thermal Camera Imaging Brought to Your Daily Life, See Things Like Never Before
Seek Thermal has released the Seek XR, an extended range version of its thermal camera accessory designed to be used with Apple iOS and Google Android smartphones or tablets. The new extra range model is created with outdoor enthusiasts in mind, allowing people to literally see heat, making it possible to spot people and animals in total darkness. For hunters, the Seek XR can be used in daylight, the dark, or in obscured visibility conditions. It’s useful for scouting, blood trailing, hunting game, and much more. The new Seek XR has a manual focus lens for viewing objects at close range, or at distances of up to 2,000 feet or around 610 meters.
Specification wise the next Seek Thermal XR is identical to the standard version of the thermal imaging accessory, the only difference being the lens used on the two models. The long range XR version comes with a manually adjustable focusing lens and a reduced field of view of 20 degrees as opposed to the fixed focus lens and the 36 degree FOV of the standard Seek Thermal version. According to the manufacturer the XR model is ideal for Hunters, Boaters, Campers, Electrical Engineers and anyone looking for increased home security can detect intruders from nearly up to about 2 thousand feet away. As with the original Seek Thermal accessory the new XR model is available in a version designed for iOS as well as for Android with a price of $299 USD as opposed the $50 USD cheaper standard model that is available for $249 USD.
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.
The Seek thermal camera is another affordable accessory designed to bring thermal imaging to mobile devices such as smartphones. The Seek thermal camera has two versions – one of Android-based smartphones equipped with micro USB and a different one designed for Apple smartphones or other iOS-based devices that use the newer Apple Lightning connector. The device is already available and is shipping to customers, though for the moment only the Android version is on sale and shipped as apparently the Apple model needs to go through some more approval from Apple to be sold as an official accessory. You can already order the Android-based Seek thermal camera for $199 USD, though it is only being shipped to customers in USA and Canada for the moment.
Other than the difference in the interface and the device the two camera models offer essentially the same specifications and these are actually quite attractive for the price you are asked to pay for the thermal camera module.
Seek Thermal Camera Specifications:
– Android micro USB or Apple Lightning connector
– Vanadium Oxide Microbolometer
– Thermal sensor resolution: 206×156 Array
– 32136 Thermal Pixels
– 12µ Pixel Pitch
– Chalcogenide Lens
– 36º Field of View
– Magnesium Housing
– Long Wave Infrared 7.2 – 13 Microns
– Temperature range: -40C to 330C Detection
– < 9Hz rate
We are already waiting to see the release of the Apple model of the camera and the company to start shipping to Europe as well in order to be able to get one of these Seek Thermal Camera accessories to try it out. We have already mentioned that the price is really good for what specifications the device seems to offer and if the hardware is well matched with good software functionality, then this could be a great product to get and use as your first thermal camera.