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Thermal Imaging Camera Lets You In on More Than the Eye Can See

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A new camera for iPhone offers super-human vision capability. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

Straight out of a spy movie and onto your iPhone, the Flir One thermal imaging camera is helping to give you vision beyond what your eyes can see on their own.

It even lets you see certain objects and people in total darkness, all based on the heat they’re giving off.

“If you imagine the electromagnetic spectrum, what the eye can see is on a certain place on the electromagnetic spectrum, and what the eye can’t see, thermal imaging can see. So basically, it visualizes heat into an image,” says Flir's Bruce Cumming.

Assuming you’re not in training to become a Navy Seal, you could be excused for thinking, ‘seems neat, but really are there any practical applications for me?’

Developers say, for starters, helps you determine how energy efficient, or inefficient, your home may be.

“You can look at a window and see exactly where heat is escaping or cold air is coming in—under doors, that type of thing. The other thing you can do is determine which appliances in your house are the thermal energy vampires, basically drawing energy when you’re not using them. For the great outdoorsman, you can see in complete darkness so you can observe wildlife in the dark. You don’t need a flashlight," Cumming says.

The Flir One, right now available for iPhone 5 and 5s, costs $350.

Developers say they are working on models to fit other phones.

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