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Jan 17, 2016, 01:57 PM
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Cheap/compact thermal imaging for smartphones, someone should mod this for FPV

I found this thermal imaging camera for smartphones online:

It's the first thermal imaging device I've seen for less than 1,000 dollars. The resolution and range isn't that great for a thermal camera, but it's cheap and compact, so it might work pretty well for mini-quads and low-flying fpv. I don't know much about fpv electronics, but someone who does should definitely try modding this to an fpv system.
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Jan 17, 2016, 02:02 PM
Can you fly bobby?
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Cool but i cant imagine it working more than a few feet away..

EDIT/ 1,000 ft. Viewable Distance.....NEVER surely
Jan 17, 2016, 02:33 PM
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Seek Thermal Tested in Various Environments | Canadian Prepper (14 min 16 sec)

The range actually isn't that bad. It would be cool if you could make a setup that switches between thermal and normal fpv. You could use the normal cam for long distance navigation, and then switch to thermal for spotting animals or intruders that may be concealed in foliage.
Jan 17, 2016, 02:40 PM
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Interesting! I doubt you would want to use it to primarily fly from regardless of filter though might be fun with a 3 way cam switcher just fly from your regular FPV cam and switch over to this device..I wonder what it would be like It terms of night flights and helping navigation if it were at all possible to even incorporate it into a FPV system.

Cool little gadget.
Jan 17, 2016, 02:41 PM
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Found another smartphone thermal imager made by FLIR Systems. Looks much better, and it's only 50$ more.

Flir one (Android) vs Seek thermal & Keurig :) (0 min 35 sec)
Jan 17, 2016, 02:46 PM
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Ya! that is impressive terrible FPS by the looks of it though..

I would hope it had a white/black filter though. Much better than the predator type filter

FLIR ONE Thermal Imaging camera for Android pre-release video demo (1 min 2 sec)

EDIT; It does have multiple filters
Jan 25, 2016, 02:22 PM
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I would say yes

We should be able to figure the output format.
Use an ardunio/rasberry pi/android to convert it back to and analog output.

I saw them when they first came out and though the same.
At sub $200 shipped it is worth giving it a shot if a few people are willing to pitch in with R&D cost

1000ft is believable and possible.
I had a cheap FLIR unit. Much lower resolution.

Interesting read about background and explanation of price difference vs FLIR

Seek specs--- $190?
***206 x 156 Thermal Sensor
1,000 ft. Viewable Distance
Wide, 36° Field of View
Detectable Range of -40° to 626° F

Frame rate is about 10fps?
Any higher and it falls into Military tech/spec and heavily restricted.

Flir One--- $350? -Bad resolution for the money
Lepton™ thermal sensor is ***80x60 pixels and the visible camera is VGA (640x480)

Therm-App --- $939
384 x 288 microbolometer

An old Kickstarter campaign for something similar.
Jan 25, 2016, 03:47 PM
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the frame rates on these sensors is way too low for fpv. like <10 fps. itar sucks.
Jan 25, 2016, 03:58 PM
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For SAR (search and rescue) 10fps is fine

The place to get cheap high fps units is from old high end cars.
Saw a few on eBay a 3 years ago for about $500-1000.

Since it is a car part it may pass most customs.
How many reversing cameras get stopped?
Last edited by Mr_westie; Jan 25, 2016 at 09:07 PM.
Jan 26, 2016, 04:05 AM
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You also have this

(3 min 48 sec)

Same problem as the Seek.
Blurrs on motion.

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