Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see in infrared? Well now you can experience it via your Android phone thanks to the Seek Thermal Camera. Wired takes a look at the Seek Thermal Camera and compares it to the FLIR One so you can decide which infrared camera is the best choice for your needs.
According to Wired:
But what does an IR camera do? What can you use it for? Here is a more detailed overview of the physics of infrared light, but I will give you the short version.
Solid objects produce electromagnetic radiation. We like to call this stuff “light” (not to be confused with visible light).
When objects increase in temperature, two things happen. First, they produce more light. Second, the wavelength of light gets shorter. Note that they don’t just produce one wavelength, but in general the hotter the object the shorter the wavelength.
If you look at the wavelength of light (technically, the wavelength of the highest intensity light), you can get an estimate for the temperature of that object.
I must confess that I have never even thought about using an infrared camera with a phone. But, after reading the Wired article, I'd classify infrared as one of those extremely cool features that I've love to have built-in to a phone.
You can see for yourself what it looks like in this video:
The Seek Thermal Camera for Android is available in the Seek store, and it sells for $199.
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