Seek Thermal

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Okay I’ll be the first to admit I like gadgets.  The more techie the better.  I’ve been considering buying a FLIR One for a while now, but once I upgraded to my iPhone 6 I was out of luck (they are supposed to have one upcoming).

Well, today at Range Day, Seek Thermal had a booth and I got a chance to get hands on with a product.  While not strictly a firearm product it does have some related applications.  And you could technically get one of those rail mount phone holders and rig up a fairly cheap thermal sight.

Thermal imaging products are generally expensive. The Seek comes in at a svelt $199.00, and will work on both iOS and Android (the iPhone specific one actually licenses the lightning connector chip).

One of the cool features is the zoom capability (which works like a SLDR camera lens), and the rep said that you can see out to about 2000ft with it (it was a bit warm on the range so I couldn’t verify that).  The app is really what makes it though.  It has a ton of features including things like the ability to set a temperature range filter.  Want to get rid of anything except for “deer” that you are hunting?  Dial the temperature range up to exclude anything lower than 90 degrees (or whatever).  And there are dozens of more features like split screen overlays, different color and contrast modes and the ability to save shots, to name a few.

The biggest complaint I could field with it is that it is not weatherproof.  But for $200 thermal tech I don’t think that is a deal breaker.

They are available now from Amazon and directly from the Seek Thermal website.

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Phone side view

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Front of unit view. You can rotate that bezel for zoom. (sorry about the glare)

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Super exciting product box shot.

 

Technical Specs:

  • iOS Lightening Thermal Camera
  • Works on iOS devices running iOS 7+ See Device List for Compatibility
  • True Thermal Sensor
  • 206 x 156 Array
  • 32,136 Thermal Pixels
  • 12μ Pixel Pitch
  • Vanadium Oxide Microbolometer
  • Chalcogenide Lens
  • 36° Field of View
  • Magnesium Housing
  • Long Wave Infrared 7.2 – 13 Microns
  • -40C to 330C Detection
  • < 9Hz
  • Includes Protective Carrying Case
  • Model: LW-AAA


Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • Rogier Velting

    Now I feel like signing up for their developer system…

    • Doc Rader

      Right. Pretty cool that they are opening that up.

  • gunslinger

    how does it transmit data? is it Bluetooth? wifi? or connected via usb slot?

    • Doc Rader

      The iOS version was via the lightning connector. I’d assume the android is via USB. They are not externally powered.

    • android04

      On Android, it connects to the USB port. It uses USB OTG wired protocol to get power and send data through the USB port. I am wondering about the zoom bezel around the lens, because my Seek Thermal unit does not have that. Is either fit something else or thee unit you used has a hardware revision.

      • Doc Rader

        I didn’t know anything about the device until yesterday, so I can’t speak to earlier versions. It was a little disconcerting though to have the split screen at a different zoom than the internal camera.

  • nobody

    Damn, I wouldn’t be able to mount one directly to my phone due to the USB port having a plastic cover that would get in the way.

  • marathag

    Used this already.

    Makes finding a hot breaker in a load center a snap

  • N8

    I am here at the show trying to find these guys to purchase a camera. I lost the damned business card. Does anyone have a lead on where it is? They have a private suite somewhere.