Through apps and accessories our smartphones can be almost any digital tool we could ever need, including a thermal camera, such as the one FLIR have been selling over in the US. Not surprisingly, competing products to the FLIR ONE have started to appear, including the Seek thermal camera which promises a considerably smaller form factor and a cheaper price tag, without sacrificing too much in terms of its capabilities.
The FLIR ONE, if you recall, wrapped itself around the iPhone using a case-like form factor so that it could be easily popped on and off. And that was actually an important feature since the FLIR ONE added quite a bit of bulk and weight to your smartphone that you wouldn't want to have to always carry around. The incredibly compact Seek thermal camera instead attaches to the Lightning or microUSB port on the bottom of your smartphone — that's right, it supports both iOS and many Android devices too.
At $199 (£120) the Seek thermal camera will cost you nearly half what the FLIR ONE does, making it a little easier to stomach if you just intend to use it for novelty purposes. [Seek Thermal]