Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thermal Imager for Android

Many people were very excited to see FLIR release a thermal imager for the iPhone.  I think it is a great step in a good direction.  And, for $350 you can't go wrong.  It's a major reduction in price for a thermal imager.

As an Android phone owner, it doesn't get me that excited.  Luckily, FLIR isn't the only company making such devices.

Enter the Opgal Therm-App.  They have introduced an imager for Android phones that support USB OTG.  This small device has a clamp that holds it to the phone.  While not as clean looking as the FLIR One, it has the benefit of multi-device support.

As you can see, there are interchangable lenses offering a coverage angle of either 14° or 41°.  The imager itself will sense a temperature range of 5°-90°C (41°-194° F) with a resolution of 384x288 pixels. The FLIR One has a little wider temperature range (0°-100°C) but it's resolution is only 80x60 pixels.

According to their website the imager is available now, but only to existing customers.  No indication of price.

I don't know why, I feel the need for one of these in my stable of goodies.