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    Phoronix: Seek Thermal Turns Your Android Phone/Tablet Into A Thermal Imaging Camera

    If you have ever wanted a thermal imager to get an idea for the hottest areas of your PC, look how to improve the thermal efficiency of your server room or house, or other purposes, you've likely noticed how thermal imagers are generally quite expensive. A lower-cost solution that's also very versatile is the Seek Compact Thermal, which can attach to your Android smartphone or tablet and turn it into a thermal imaging solution paired with the ease of use of being able to save the captured video or still images to your device.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=22773

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    Oh my god that is so awesome! I've got no use for it but i kinda want it... a little...

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    • #3
      The 1st photo of page 3 is a dog porn in the dark?! Right!?

      (ok, I am ashamed)

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      • #4
        This is quite nice. I hope it will be useful for improving your basement installation.
        I didn't know of this peculiar brand, only the FLIR one. I would be interested in knowing how they compare, if anyone has both.
        These devices are really tempting to me, but it feels a bit like a gadget I would use once or twice, and never again, unfortunately.

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        • #5
          What about FLIR One? Roughly the same price. Atleast that is from a reputable IR camera provider...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Passso View Post
            The 1st photo of page 3 is a dog porn in the dark?! Right!?

            (ok, I am ashamed)
            Lol, Exactly my thought... A little creepy.

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            • #7
              @Michael:
              Does your camera use any form of active cooling ?

              Otherwise I doubt it could be used to film anything below room temperature due to the camera's own shine.
              (Trying to make thermal infrared pictures with a non-cooled camera is like trying to make normal optical pictures use a camera made of phosphorescent material).
              (BTW: That's the most expensive part in commercial high-range thermal infrared cameras)

              Not that it matters for the current use case (finding hotspots in the server room => they'll be anyway way hotter than the camera and won't be hidden by the camera own thermal shine).

              Also, another reason why the extension USB cable is a good idea: the phone (specially CPU, GPU and maybe battery) would be yet another undesired source of waste heat picked up by the camera/heating the camera.

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              • #8
                Your wife is hot. (about the only time this comment isn't inappropriate)

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                • #9
                  The reason the MicroUSB plug is on the wrong way around is because they designed it for Samsung devices. So stupid Samsung for having their MicroUSB sockets on upside down, and stupid Seek for assuming Android == Samsung.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Imroy View Post
                    The reason the MicroUSB plug is on the wrong way around is because they designed it for Samsung devices. So stupid Samsung for having their MicroUSB sockets on upside down, and stupid Seek for assuming Android == Samsung.
                    Then it should work well on Motorola devices as they are the opposite of the N7--assuming the 2012 and 2013 N7 have their USB the same direction. Also assuming Mot is consistant on USB jack direction. But, the 1st gen G and second gen E are the opposite of the 2013 N7.

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