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altCES1.jpgAnnounced at this year’s CES, Flir‘s Scout gives consumers true thermographic vision — imaging based not on light but on heat. Flir is marketing the Scout to consumers but it’s hard to see Joe Sixpack wanting to drop $3K (MSRP) on one. Which is not to say it doesn’t have its obvious uses — for instance, a hunter could use it to follow a blood trail at dusk, or a homeowner could pinpoint heat leaks.

Built around Flir’s leading edge thermal night vision technology, Scout gives outdoor enthusiasts the power to see people, animals, and their surroundings clearly in total darkness, as well as through smoke, dust, and light fog. Scout uses a thermal camera to make video images from heat, not light, and displays this video on its built‐in LCD eyepiece.

In addition to providing improved visibility in almost every conceivable environmental condition, Scout enables hikers, campers, and hunters to keep track of other people in their party, find and track animals, and navigate safely and accurately even in total darkness.