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Anyone make a Thermal camera

Posted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:09 am
by ghostrider513
Has anyone made or has bought a thermal camera? I do a lot of flood repair in construction and want to make a tool that's cheaper than commercially available thermal imaging devices. If you know who sells them, please post a link. If you want to make them, let me know. I want one. If you know a company that can and would make them, please contact them ASAP. I'd buy several to start with for plumbers around my area. Thanks.

Re: Anyone make a Thermal camera

Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 5:13 pm
by BerryPicker
There is a clever adaption of an IR thermometer for low cost thermal imaging here
I'm thinking this Arduino+PC project might adapt well to the raspberry pi.

Re: Anyone make a Thermal camera

Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:32 pm
by stderr
ghostrider513 wrote:Has anyone made or has bought a thermal camera? I do a lot of flood repair in construction and want to make a tool that's cheaper than commercially available thermal imaging devices. If you know a company that can and would make them, please contact them ASAP.
If a company is making them, isn't that a commercial solution? What are you thinking is the price of commercially available devices? The ones you can attach to a iPhone 5 were only a couple to a few hundred dollars. I think they discontinued them and went to some general device that uses any smart phone, http://www.flir.com/flirone/ios-android/ . That's still $249 plus whatever else they charge to get it to you.

They also sell the bare parts for at least some of their devices and that could be attached, I suppose, to a pi. For security, that would be better than the phone integrated scheme since it could be mounted independently and there would be potential for more direct control. But for what you seem to be interested in, going onsite and seeing if there is flooding under concrete, in the walls and that sort of thing, the device at the link seems more usable.

I reading about all this again, I noticed that the Seek Thermal is a IR camera only but is a higher resolution than the FLIR devices. If you look at the bare parts at, say, Digikey, https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/ ... ND/6250105 , the price is $199. I think this is the part they are using in their $249 whole system for smartphones. This is another reason why DIY is tough for this right now.

Re: Anyone make a Thermal camera

Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:14 am
by ghostrider513
I think so too. CAT makes an Android phone with FLIR technology in it. Just seems real pricy for a souped up camera with low resolution. FLIR has everyone over a barrel though. We're at their mercy.