updated 04:10 pm EDT, Tue July 22, 2014
Case may supplant other solutions costing tens of thousands of dollars
Thermal imaging company Flir will launch pre-orders for its infrared camera-containing case on July 23. Once mounted, the case for the iPhone 5 and 5s displays a live thermal image of the world right on the phone's screen, giving users the ability to "see" in an array of conditions, including complete darkness.
"Based on technology that was formerly reserved for the military, Flir One is the first in a new generation of affordable thermal imaging devices designed to inspire imaginative and innovative uses by consumers," Flir Chief Executive Andy Teich said in a release trumpeting the pre-sale process. "This represents a revolutionary step forward for both Flir Systems and thermal imaging."
The tool, similar to those used in the military, law enforcement and fire-and-rescue, has practical applications in home improvement, outdoor recreation, and other personal security issues. The Flir One case contains its own battery that can power the sensor for up to two hours, or can boost the iPhone's battery life by up to 50 percent.
The iPhone version of the technology will be available for under $350 in grey, white, or gold with preorders starting on July 23. The Apple Store will see the case in August.