iPhone case offers Predator-style heat vision

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Remember the classic action film Predator, in which an alien hunter stalked Arnold Schwarzenegger and his team of commandos in the South American jungle using heat vision?

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Well, from next month you will be able to use your iPhone 5 or 5s to pull the same trick.

Thermal imaging company Flir is releasing the Flir One case that adds a heat-vision camera to your iPhone.

Flir says that the case uses special sensor technology that was originally developed for
military night vision, which converts heat – emitted by every object on the planet – into colour images.

“These colour images allow users to not only see in the dark, but to also observe differences in temperature of fractions of a degree, Flir says. “In addition to seeing in the dark and detecting invisible heat sources, the device helps users see through smoke.”

Flir is also releasing a Software Developers Kit for third-party developers, so we could see this thermal imaging technology built into future smartphones.

The Flir One case will go on sale in July in the US for $350.

We figure that Arnie will be the first in line to buy one. Just in case.

Stuart O’Connor