test your walls for heat lackage with Gunnar Kramp’s hand scanner Thermal Torch
February 19, 2009 § 3 Comments
Gunnar Kramp’s Thermal Torch design for the Greener Gadget Top 50 got him a Semi-Finalist position but when you look a little deeper into the specifications of the device it gets really interesting. Being equiped with a thermal camera to get the actual image of the heat distribution on the wall, window, etc, the data flows back through a pico-projector like the ones popping in many of the bleeding-edge mobile phones today onto the same visualized area, this time in colors.
You can see a sketch below:
Until such fancy Tricoder-like devices hit the shelves, a more down-to-earth approach is to re-use some of the existing technology and adapt it to serve the purpose. This is the case of a smartphone adapter that turns the intelligent device in an even more useful one, capable of delivering some real-world application for one of the most frequent energy-loss problems of typical households.
Flir One Thermal Imaging Camera is a hefty $349.99 case you can attach to the back of your iphone (so far) and, besides the thermal leakage discovering capabilities it can also serve as a night-vision aid, being able to guide you in complete darkness, as it is very sensitive to the smallest change in temperatures (thus the price I guess). Read more about it on ibtimes.com.
A video on the tech is presented on youtube by Techzilla:
Another such product seems to be a better-resolution but bulkier device from Mu Optics. It has had a successful indiegogo campaign and promises a similar (“$325 initially”) price to the sleeker Flir iphone “case”, but on their webpage it is still a “pre-order” product (as of 2014/08/12).
Should we expect the technology in every phone? Is this feature a needed one to have it with you on a permanent basis or is it enough that one guy in the community has it and knows how to use it for improving the living conditions of the other homeowners?