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Turn your iPhone into a thermal imaging device with the IR-Blue Kickstarter project

Turn your iPhone into a thermal imaging device with the IR-Blue Kickstarter projectIf you have ever had the need for a thermal imaging device then you know how expensive they can be. Well this latest Kickstarter project looks to change all of that by utilizing your iPhone and a new clip on thermal imaging camera. The project which is currently running on Kickstarter, was developed over a need to find leaks in a home owners property to curtail spiraling energy costs.

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.

The IR-Blue has already smashed its funding target of $20,000 and currently sits at over $112k. Thankfully it is not too late to grab a piece of the early action. You can make a pledge starting at $145 for a self-assembly kit or $165 for an IR-Blue fully assembled.

This is certainly an accessory that I would be interested in, I have an old stone built house that leaks energy like a sieve. With one of these attached to my iPhone I could pin point all of the problematic areas with ease. What do you think of the IR-Blue?

Source: Kickstarter

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Turn your iPhone into a thermal imaging device with the IR-Blue Kickstarter project


Would be handy on the planet Hoth, when your looking for your best bud who just cut the arm of an abominable snowman and escaped into the snowy desert wasteland.

Hi, this would be extremely useful to show my customers the heat loss from their homes. Is it available yet? If so where? Many thanks :-)