That Predator-Vision iPhone Camera Case Finally Goes on Sale Tomorrow

Back in January we stumbled across one of the most exciting iPhone accessories we've seen in years. FLIR took the thermal imaging technology it sells to law enforcement and the military and squeezed it down into a compact iPhone 5/5S case called the FLIR ONE that will finally be available for pre-order starting tomorrow for $350.


The multi-part case allows the thermal imaging unit to be quickly attached and removed from your phone as needed, given it does add a bit of thickness to your iPhone 5/5S thanks to its own rechargeable battery and a pair of cameras that help create recognizable thermal images.

The FLIR ONE has a lot of practical uses, including testing electronics for overheating, or searching for drafts and leaks in your home's insulation. But it also just looks like one heck of a fun toy, perfect for spotting things that go bump in the night, or measuring your spouse's rage for spending $350 on a thermal imager for your phone. [FLIR ONE]

Check out our hands-on impressions of the FLIR ONE from CES 2014 earlier in the year below.


FLIR Just Turned Your iPhone 5 Into a Predator-Like Thermal Camera

When you're digging for CES gold, you can usually ignore about 99.99 percent of the iPhone accessories announced at the show. But in that last 0.01 percent is where you can find some real treasures. This year FLIR has managed to shrink the same thermal imaging technology it sells to law enforcement and the military so that it fits inside an iPhone 5 case—letting us civilians share in the fun too.


Available sometime in the late spring or early summer later this year, the FLIR thermal imaging smartphone case will initially be available for the iPhone 5 and 5S and will cost $350. It features a built-in battery that will power the pair of cameras it relies on for up to two hours, and can also be used to charge your phone when you're not searching the forests for wild animals.

Why two cameras instead of one? While one is generating the actual thermal image, the other is a standard camera lens that the FLIR app uses to generate and overlay outlines so that it's easier to recognize humans, objects, and even text. That's apparently a first when it comes to FLIR cameras, and it's designed to make it easier for regular consumers to tell what they're looking at.


Everything works in real time, and while the case adds a bit of chunkyness to your svelte handset, it's a minor trade off for awesome Predator-like heat vision. And while the iPhone 5 version of the FLIR case will lead the charge, the company is working on Android version as well that will support the most popular handsets in that market. [FLIR]