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FLIR iPhone thermal imaging camera at Mobile World Congress 2014 (pictures)

A new iPhone case shown at Mobile World Congress turns your iPhone into the first consumer-level personal thermal imaging device that takes high resolution photos and video.

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Andrew Lanxon headshot
Andrew Lanxon
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Jason Parker
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Thermal imaging on your iPhone

BARCELONA, Spain -- The Flir One slips onto your iPhone's back and sports both a visible and thermal camera. It has its own battery pack, which can power the device for up to four hours. It also can be redirected to act as a battery backup for your phone.
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Two cameras

Flir One uses both a thermal and visible camera located in the middle of the back of the case.
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Fits the iPhone 5 form factor

With the Flir One on your iPhone it gets a little bit longer on the bottom and a bit more thick.
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3-Position On/Off/Shutter switch

Below the lenses is a three-way switch for on, off, and shutter control.
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Flir One adds thickness

With Flir One on your iPhone it will become about twice the thickness of the iPhone alone.
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Rounded edges

Even though its a bit thicker, the rounded edges still make it easy to store the Flir One in your pocket.
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Stays out of the way

Though the case is thick, it leaves plenty of room to shoot photos from your regular iPhone camera.
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Access to volume controls

Rather than putting plastic buttons over your regular iPhone volume controls, the case reveals your regular controls.
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Flir One side view

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Feature list

More than just a toy, you can use Flir One to detect unwanted moisture in your home, better see animal intruders when camping, and several other real world applications.
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Flir One on its side

Even with its curvy case design, the phone still stays balanced on its side.
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The Flir One conference space

The folks from Flir One ready to demo the new thermal imaging camera for iPhone 5.

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