Affordable Thermal Imaging Accessory For Smartphones Is Now Available 1

Three months ago, we featured Andy Rawson’s DIY thermal imaging camera project here in TogTech. It was an open-source and cheap heat-seeking kit made by Rawson for himself and others who are interested in making their mobile devices capable of detecting temperature.

Well, the project has been a huge success on Kickstarter and is now known as the IR-Blue, which was was formerly dubbed by Rawson as TIPIC or Thermal Imaging Phone I Camera.


The IR-Blue is compatible for both the iPhone and Android phones. It finds heat by using a 64 zone non-contact InfraRed sensor array.

Unlike the original model, the new thermal imaging kit uses Bluetooth instead of the dock connection. Bluetooth 4.0 is available for Apple’s iPhone 4S, 5, iPod Touch 5, and the New iPads.

For Android phones, a Bluetooth 2.1 version is available. Support for 4.0 is coming soon.

For those advanced DIYers like Rawson, you can grab the bare IR-Blue printed circuit board for $12 and create your own from scratch. A $145 kit, complete with all the IR-Blue parts, is also available for beginner and intermediate DIYers.

And if you want don’t want to get your hands busy in building or assembling an IR-Blue, you can get a fully-assembled and tested device by pledging at least $175 for the Kickstarter project.

The IR-Blue comes with an iPhone and Android apps, which are both free to download at the Apple Store and Google Play, respectively.

[Kickstarter via PetaPixel]