This open source attachment turns your iPhone into a thermal imaging camera

Andy Rawson

Back in September, we saw a nifty hack that could turn your iPhone into a thermal imaging camera for just $150. Now Andy Rawson, the modder behind the project, has put his IR-Blue device on Kickstarter so you can visually gauge temperatures at home too.

The IR-Blue is a Bluetooth-enabled thermal imaging device that comes equipped with a 64-zone non-contact infrared sensor array. You can use the device to quickly read the temperature of whatever you point it at, whether it be your hand, a computer heat sink, or a frying pan on the stove—and of course take a picture of it.

The IR-Blue attaches to the back of your phone and it's compatible with iOS as well as Android. It’s also an open source project: The iPhone source code, firmware and Eagle design files for the Bluetooth 4 version are all available on GitHub. Andy says that the Android files are still being finalized and will be available soon.

If you want your own thermal imaging IR Blue device you can get it in three ways through the Kickstarter project. For a $12 pledge you can get just the printed circuit board, a DIY kit with all the parts for $145, and a completely prebuilt unit for $175.

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