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Seek Thermal can see the unseen (pictures)

This tiny smartphone attachment for Android phones and iPhones takes infrared images to see the temperatures in your environment.

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Seek Thermal system

The Seek Thermal system is a camera and app that lets you take infrared thermal images of your surroundings to measure temperature. It's useful for home repairs, security, cooking and many more uses.

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Pocket-size camera

The camera itself is tiny and very portable. You can slip it into any pocket and carry it around wherever you go.

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Connection

The camera comes in either an Android or an iOS model and can work with many devices.

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Special lens

The Seek camera uses a special lens that captures infrared radiation that everything around us emits. We can't see it with our naked eyes, so cameras like these help us visualize those rays.

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Carrying case

The camera comes with a very handy and well-made carrying case to keep it safe and sound.

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Plug and go

To shoot a thermal image, just plug the camera into your phone, with the Seek Thermal app running and you can start shooting photos or video.

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Heat lights up

Using the camera, you can find hot or cold spots in your home, detect leaks and even take photos of your hands, like I did here.

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Temperature detection

The app's Spot mode will tell you the average temperature of whatever is centered in the photo. Here, that's my freezer.

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