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DIY Mini Thermal Camera with Display

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DIY Mini Thermal Camera with Display by adafruit Jan 17, 2018

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https://youtu.be/ZjQEykbvb5w
In this project we’ll show you how to build simple a thermal camera. This mini thermal camera can sense the surface temperature of things and display them as a colorful heatmap. Temperatures are rendered in real-time and displayed as different colors to form a heat map.

For parts, source files and code see the guide!
https://learn.adafruit.com/thermal-camera-with-display/overview

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This is more a toy then useful. A proper Lepton core or hell even a Boson would make it a camera.

Wouldn't a Bentley be better than a Bicycle? Those are about the same price right

Why would you want to add a fundamental subatomic particle to the camera? Its already made of matter, so there's enough leptons as it is.
This is just meant to be a joke by the way...

A mini-thermal-cam in a 3D printed Case? Isn't this auf Copy of the "Thermika Fotilo" Made by the Make: Magazine?

Believe it or not, you can't patent the incredibly broad idea of putting a gizmo in a 3d-printed case.

Would it make more sense if you use a FLIR Lepton core? It has a greater resolution and is almost ready to use

Yeah, and it would make even more sense to just buy a thermal camera if you have a bunch of spare money and aren't keen on building stuff or learning anything. This is a pretty neat little sensor, though.

You're really comparing a $40 image sensor with a $260 one?

Very cool. Is it possible to make one with a higher resolution, or maybe one that overlays on a live video shot from a regular camera.

Very cool model but the overall price is way too expensive for the result it gives...

I'll try to build one using a Teensy-LC that I have laying around and a 160x124 SPI TFT. Let's see which frame rate this can achieve :)

I'm not hating, but it would be great if someone can give it a more industrial or tacticool look.

Well, here's a similar project
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2688467
it's meant to repurpose the guts of a handheld imager, but maybe you could work the electronics from this project into it.

LWC tactical T.H.E.R.M.A.L "budget" imager WIP

Love the casing. Reminds me of a Diana. Maybe I'll mod the top part to have a cold shoe.

So, it could be considered a DIYana camera...

We subconsciously modeled the body after that type of camera :-) Thank you for revealing this to us, wouldn't have known otherwise. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_(camera)

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