FLIR announces next-gen FLIR ONE

At last week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), FLIR announced the next-gen FLIR ONE, a mobile add-on that turns your iOS or Android device into a thermal reading Predator machine (sans lasers and weapons). This announcement is probably most notable for hunters, but also for the tech-geeks who like to play with toys.


Predator thermal vision in your pocket.

Get to da choppa!

Get to da choppa!


The most noteworthy announcement is that the FLIR ONE will be available for Android devices.


From the press release:

“With the introduction of FLIR ONE, we helped iPhone users discover a superpower through thermal imaging,” said Jeff Frank, Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer at FLIR. “With the next-gen FLIR ONE, we’re thrilled to extend that superpower to Android users as well, while also supporting a range of Apple devices all combined into a lighter, more powerful package.”

When connected to an applicable Android device via the microUSB port or an Apple Device via the lightning connector, depending on the version, the FLIR ONE attachment operates through the FLIR ONE app, which displays live infrared imagery that allows users to see the world from a thermal perspective. FLIR ONE detects invisible heat energy, allowing consumers to “see” and measure subtle changes in temperature. By observing minute variations in temperature, FLIR ONE equips consumers with practical solutions, from spotting energy leaks at home, locating a missing pet at night, or seeing in complete darkness.

The next-generation FLIR ONE can be used as an even more effective tool in a range of situations thanks to its increased thermal power, including:

  • Home improvement: More clearly identify and pinpoint heat loss, energy inefficiency and water leaks.
  • Outdoor adventures: Observe wildlife at a greater distance, day or night, survey a campsite, or find a lost pet.
  • Security and safety: See at night more clearly than ever, detect intruders, and see through light fog and smoke.
  • Creativity: Observe abstract patterns and create artistic images with greater thermal detail.

The FLIR ONE will be available for pre-order online from mid-year and will be available through retail partners across the globe later this year. For more information, please visit

Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.


  • If I had one of these I would play with it all day.

    Yes I know how that sounds.

  • Smokey_the_Bear

    CES is not going on now, it was last week.

    I love new things, which is why I love January. You have CES, then a week later is the Detroit auto show, then a week later is shot show. What’s not to love about all of those. 😀

    • Yup, sorry for that. I had submitted my article during CES but we had a temporary backup of articles. It’s been corrected, thanks!

  • Yey android support! Still pretty iffy as far as low light technology goes. I’d be curious to try one side by side with a dedicated thermal monocular

  • noob

    FLIR makes both ITAR compliant and Export versions of their thermal cameras, usually a degraded frame rate or other parameters for the Export versions. Is this one going to come with the Export sensor? if so what’s the max frame rate? (Frame rate was the most jarring difference between their ITAR and Export FLIR Quark2 camera cores. When I was at the 2013 Avalon Airshow in Australia they weren’t even allowed to bring in the ITAR Quark2 for fear of losing the thing).

  • andrey kireev

    Well, hopefully it’s compatible with my Droid X from 2011 !!

  • Companies don’t always provide a price on new products.

  • NotoriousAPP

    …, basically they copied Seek’s thermal imager? Looks to be the same form, fit and function. What size is the pixel array?