Infrared camera coming to the Apple iPhone?

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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32 Comments

2. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

3. DaNTRoN

Posts: 135; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

+1 They just want hits.

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

5. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

you didn't read the article huh?

7. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

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

9. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 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...

14. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 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".

29. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

13. Kevinphantom

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

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

11. amilcarmz86

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

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

15. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

16. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

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

17. amilcarmz86

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

hahahahahah that was very funny

27. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

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

30. Obie-Wan

Posts: 113; Member since: May 24, 2012

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

33. zennacko unregistered

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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