FLIR Infrared Cameras & Thermal Imaging announces a new thermal imaging accessory for iPhones that transforms the smartphone into a powerful thermal imager.

FLIR ONE, the world’s first thermal imaging camera for iPhones is a lightweight accessory that transforms an iPhone 5 or 5s into a powerful thermal imager. Used with its iPhone app available in the Apple App Store, FLIR ONE allows the user to see the world from a thermal perspective with live infrared imagery, bringing thermal imaging into the consumer segment for the first time.

FLIR ONE detects invisible heat energy, giving consumers the ability to see and measure minute variances in temperature. From a consumer’s perspective, FLIR ONE can be used to identify heat loss, energy inefficiency or water leaks at home; observe wildlife day or night, survey a campsite, or find a lost pet; see in the dark, detect intruders, and see through light fog and smoke; or observe abstract patterns and create artistic images.

Andy Teich, President and CEO of FLIR Systems comments that FLIR ONE is based on technology formerly reserved for the military, and is the first in a new generation of affordable thermal imaging devices designed to inspire imaginative and innovative uses by consumers.

Key capabilities of the FLIR ONE thermal imaging device include detection of a broad range of temperatures; spot temperature measurement display; and enabling users to capture photos or videos and share them via text, email, or social media through the FLIR ONE app.

New FLIR ONE apps scheduled for release include FLIR ONE TimeLapse, which turns a series of thermal images into a seamless time-lapse video, revealing changes in temperature through time; FLIR ONE Paint to share fun and dramatic photos that selectively display colour and thermal elements; and FLIR ONE Panorama, which turns a series of contiguous imagery into a single panoramic image.

Weighing just 3.9 ounces, FLIR ONE is engineered to add minimal size and weight, and emulates the form factor of the iPhone for a sleek presentation. The accessory is powered by its own rechargeable battery to offer up to two hours of continuous use and is initially available in Space Gray, with Silver and Gold versions to be released soon.

FLIR ONE is available in the U.S. for pre-orders beginning July 23, 2014. FLIR ONE will be released in Europe by mid-August with availability in other regions to follow soon.