iPhone Sees In The Dark


A couple of years ago, Flir showed its Quark thermal imaging "core" - claimed to be the world's smallest practical thermal camera module, an uncooled device measuring less than 1 cu in. Quark has been taken up for a number of applications, including small unmanned air systems, but the company is showing a prototype of a new application at the Association of the US Army convention in Washington - here being demonstrated by president and CEO Andrew Teich.

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The night vision iPhone comprises a "sled" that the phone snaps into, The Quark imager can be powered by the phone's own battery, or the sled can contain an onboard power source. So far the concept is some way from production, but Flir has made a practice of showing prototypes like this at trade shows, to gauge customer interest and gather comments and ideas from potential users. Most "future soldier" systems are likely to include a smartphone-type unit, so this could be a way to bring thermal vision to the individual soldier. On the other hand, if the world's teenagers ever get access to this technology...

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