Seeing in the Dark with Thermal Imagers

Thermal imaging provides just this type of visionThermal imaging provides just this type of vision

This weekend, when you are out and about, dodging moving objects in the dark, how can you see them? Thermal imaging provides just this type of vision. This spellbinding technology allows you to see through walls, through smoke, and generally into many areas that your eyes alone can’t see. It is especially helpful for providing “night vision” to locate items in the dark.

Thermal imaging has been used for everything from predicting weather to filming wildlife at night to conducting surveillance to search and rescue and firefighting. Recently, consumer applications for the versatile technology have enabled you to turn your iOS and Android devices into a thermal imaging camera. So, you can actually use it to find your wandering pet at night or conduct home inspections.

As a noncontact technology, thermal imagers measure or “see” infrared wavelengths emitted from objects, and then convert the temperature information into an image. The image displays a color palette representing a temperature range. Hot spots or a rise in temperature are identified via the color differential.

With its ability to show a rise in temperature from a distance and in dark or difficult to reach areas, the possibilities for thermal imaging applications continue to flourish. How could you make use of this technology?

What’s available? View our full selection of thermal imagers.

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