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Handheld thermal imager

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Handheld thermal imager


It’s not maker-made, and I don’t propose a remake – Fluke’s Ti25 Thermal Imager is just too future-cool not to mention. The device combines infrared and visible-light images – now you can simply glance/scan back into a room to see if you left the iron/oven/soldering-iron on. Needles to say it’s pricey – suppose I’ll wait for the ocular implant version – Fluke Ti25 Thermal Imager

16 thoughts on “Handheld thermal imager

  1. maushammer says:

    Cool, I want one!! I’ve used a FLIR camera, but that’s not too portable because it’s mounted to a helicopter. Great for chasing bad guys, though – you can easily tell which cars were recently used because their hoods glow warm.

    The Ti25 costs $7500. There’s a Ti10 which is only $4500 — it’s basically the same as the Ti25, except that it can only measure temperature differences of 0.2C instead of 0.1C.

  2. bbot says:

    “Needles to say it’s pricey”


    “It’s not maker-made, and I don’t propose a remake -”

    So why are you posting it, then? Thermal imagers are cool, yes, but we’ve all seen them. There is nothing new about a thermal imager. The MAKE blog is great, but you guys really need to stop with the rss reader clogging.

  3. Collin Cunningham says:

    @maushammer – hoods glow warm, as do hiding figures – good stuff. Love the IR detective angle! unforch, the Ti10 still prohibitively costly – I’d be happy with a desktop version tho ;)

    @bbot – I edited your post, please keep it clean and constructive.
    Chin up – you’re assuming an awful lot and missing the point!
    You’re viewpoint is not the same as everyone else’s – I find overlaying conventional images with IR images to be technologically inspiring – if you do not, feel free to read the next post (RSS readers work well for that)

  4. KristofU says:

    One very fine application of this device is thermally scanning your house to see where it leaks warmth.

  5. FreqCounter says:

    We have one of these at work for use in design of lab freezers and new uses seem to never end. I can finding an over stressed IC or take psycodelic photos of my dad on his tractor. I’m wishing my own eyes could see like this.

  6. anachrocomputer says:

    This is a great idea, overlaying IR and visible-light images. Now, a long time ago I saw an IR camera which had germanium lenses (maybe 1979) and was told that ordinary glass is not transparent to IR at the wavelengths concerned. Sure enough, my glasses (and all my geek friends’) were black in the IR images.

    Would a Maker version of this kind of camera also need special germanium lenses? Hence, would it need two sets of lenses, one for IR and another for visible light?

  7. Brent @ says:

    We purchased one of these to share with our fellow geeks here in Cincinnati as a way to collectively pay for the device. We will come to your location for $95 an hour to image whatever you want. We are also working on a pricing model we can rent it for $X per hour.

    We primarily use it for home and small business thermal envelop evaluations, but it spends a great deal of time in my desk. Would love to get it into more peoples hands here locally…


  8. Jack says:

    Got to play with one of these a bit at this year’s Tech Expo in SoCal. Very cool. So many options, and yet so easy to use. I was impressed with how quickly it updated in response to extreme variations in temp. The only area it seems to have trouble with is areas with LOTS of lights.

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