IR-Blue – Open Source Hardware Thermal Imaging Smartphone Accessory

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Technology marches on, an Open Source project that has the potential to have an impact on civilian sUAS  has hit its’s Kickstarter goal of $20,000. Add this to the coffee can SAR and a camera and you begin to have a fairly powerful sensor suite. Not yet at current military standards, but look what Open Source has done to the price of autopilots,in 2007 it was not uncommon for $10,000 USD to be the starting price point now 3DR are selling GPS equipped autopilots for $180. Where will this and the SAR project be in 5 years time if a community of developers get behind them? Its bound to go far in these energy concious times. A disruptive technology if ever I saw one. Well done Andy Rawson and Marcel Damhuis.

I have a 100 year old house that can be drafty and hard to heat in the winter. I have been wanting a thermal imaging camera to help find leaks ever since we bought this house. The cheapest one I could find was $1,500 so I finally just made my own. This is the IR-Blue.

The IR-Blue lets you see the temperature of things around you. It uses a 64 zone non-contact InfraRed sensor array to read the temperature of what you are viewing. The IR-Blue connects using Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android device to show the temperature readings as colors on the screen.