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Infrared camera coming to the Apple iPhone?

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Infrared camera coming to the Apple iPhone?
FLIR, or Forward-Looking Infrared, is used by military personnel to "see" in the dark without having to don those bulky night-vision goggles. At the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) expo in Washington D.C., a company aptly named FLIR showed off a protoype of a case-like contraption that brings a commercial infrared camera to the Apple iPhone. The product for the iPhone was made to promote FLIR's line of Quark camera cores.

Measuring 3/4 of an inch, the cores offer a resolution of 480 x 640 (.3MP). FLIR's CEO Andrew Teich noted that with the 9mm lens attached, a person can be spotted at 300 yards. Right now, the technology would come at a cost that would far too prohibitive for your average iPhone user. Teich said that to get down to the price that would make the product more acceptable to consumers, the resolution and the heat sensitivity would have to be adjusted downward. He says that right now, the cost of the product is ten times the few hundred dollars that could attract smartphone buyers. It sounds like this is something that might be on the back burner as far as the public is concerned, until the technology allows for a lower price point.


source: PopularMechanics via Gizmodo

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posted on 21 Aug 2013, 14:38 14

2. Commentator (Posts: 2293; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


...I mean, I would title this article "Infrared Camera ATTACHMENT Coming to the Apple iPhone?" but whatever...

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 14:43 5

3. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


+1 They just want hits.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 15:02 5

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5529; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I think you have identified the intent of the article - to get hits.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 14:44

5. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


you didn't read the article huh?

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 14:54 6

7. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


nothing in the article states that the iPhone might be getting an IR sensor built in, which the title implies...

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 15:15

9. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


of course it wouldn't be built into the phone.

but, the second paragraph explains how the technology would be pretty expensive. as well as needing to be turned down a bit to be offered as a product in the iphone...

So the question asking "...coming to the iphone?"

the title doesn't have to say "attachment" its not misleading at all... its not a big deal.

you guys don't take a day off on these apple articles huh? lol smh...

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 15:47 1

14. rallyguy (Posts: 518; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


The title is misleading because in gives the impression that all iPhones will have this. On top of that, the article states it's actually not coming to the consumer market because of the cost. So the answer to the title would be "No".

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 20:07 1

29. Commentator (Posts: 2293; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I read the article three times just to make sure my comment made sense.

It's not a big deal, but wording it the way he did in conjunction with the next iPhone being launched in just a few weeks lead me to believe that an IR camera was rumored to be incorporated in some way.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 15:45

13. Kevinphantom (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)


Very very old I've already created infrared camera for my note 2
f**k apple

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 15:27

11. amilcarmz86 (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


this is not going to be good unless you are in a war...

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 15:49

15. rallyguy (Posts: 518; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


This has some practical use in the public safety sector. To the average consumer this probably wouldn't sell even if it was $200.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 15:49 4

16. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


iPhones are good in war. You can throw it at someone and it will explode. :)

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 15:53

17. amilcarmz86 (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


hahahahahah that was very funny

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 19:40 2

27. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Misleading title is misleading. Infrared attachment is coming to the iPhone.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 20:15 1

30. Obie-Wan (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 May 2012)


Great, now iPhone user get to be the " Predators " :).

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 23:09

33. zennacko (Posts: 222; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


If the screen will still be bright, what's so great about IR nightvision? just turn on the flashlight and the results will be the same, unless you're on a surveillance mission, then they would need this attachment with some more MPs and zoom too...

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