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Flir One thermal imaging iPhone case preorders commence July 23

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.



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  1. Makosuke

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    Joined: 08-06-01

    I seriously want one of these, but they managed to delay production on the thing to the point that it's not going to ship until around the time I'm buying an iPhone 6.

    If you're going to make a fancy, VERY expensive thermal camera case for iPhones that is only compatible with a specific model form factor, the least you could do is not ship the thing two weeks before that model gets obsoleted.

  1. jdonahoe

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    Joined: 07-05-06

    @Makosuke I had the same reaction when I read this article. However, I would hope that they will go ahead and make cases for both iPhone 6 sizes when they come out. They may already have a case for what will probably be Apple's low cost version the iPhone 5, but what would happen to them if Apple makes the 5c the low end iPhone?

  1. Eriamjh

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    iPhone6 5.5" version, please!

  1. Charles Martin

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    Joined: 08-04-01

    I got a chance to play with one of these at Macworld Expo back in the spring, and I confess its quite impressive. For people who need this technology, it seems bargain-priced to me. For the rest of us, it might seem like a pricey toy.

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Originally Posted by jdonahoeView Post

    @Makosuke I had the same reaction when I read this article. However, I would hope that they will go ahead and make cases for both iPhone 6 sizes when they come out. They may already have a case for what will probably be Apple's low cost version the iPhone 5, but what would happen to them if Apple makes the 5c the low end iPhone?



    Why would Apple resurrect the iPhone 5 if the 5c is already better-specced and selling well?

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