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Apple Display Patent Uses Infrared Light to Detect Touch Pressure

A simpler method of measuring how hard children are jabbing their fingers at the "BUY" button inside tawdry free-to-play applications may be on the way from Apple, after patents for a new pressure sensitive touchscreen were unearthed. Read More >>

space
Asteroids Come Alive With a Little Help From Infrared

It's easy to assume that, close-up, asteroids could be quite plain—they're just big lumps of rock, after all. But look at them in infrared, and they come alive. Read More >>

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Your iPhone Could Soon Get Predator Vision

FLIR, or Forward Looking Infrared, has long been a staple technology for militaries around the world, allowing operations under the cover of night without the blinding shortcomings of conventional night vision goggles. Slowly but surely, this heat sensing imaging technology is working its way into the consumer market. Specifically, onto your iPhone.
At the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) expo in Washington, DC last week, FLIR (the company) debuted a commercial prototype of its FLIR (the technology) iPhone sled. The sled is still very much a work in progress and designed primarily to show off the company's line of tiny Quark camera cores. These cores measure just 3/4 of an inch thick and have a maximum resolution of 640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels), good enough for night time ISR missions aboard the Army’s RQ-11 Raven, but not quite the quality you'd find on Instagram. Still, with the the setup debuted last week, which used a 9-mm lens, one could easily "spot a person at about 300 yards," FLIR CEO Andrew Teich explained to Popular Mechanics. Read More >>

science
New Infrared Tech Will Let Firemen See Through Flames

Firefighters will actually be able to see through flames thanks to infrared hologram technology, a new study in Italy has found. Read More >>

research
Infrared Technology Battles Back From the Dead With High Speed Wireless Transfers

The same infrared technology that allowed the world to change the channel without getting off the couch could vastly speed up wireless data transfers between devices. Somewhere deep in the halls of the Fraunhofer Institute, infrared technology has been on life support all these years, and could soon fight its way back into the limelight with transfer speeds six times as fast as USB 2.0. Read More >>

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Infrared Film Can Make Even a Warzone Look Beautiful

What you're looking at isn't a landscape shot photoshopped to resemble Willy Wonka's realm—it's the real world. A battlefield. Photographer Richard Mosse traveled the wartorn Congo with infrared film made for camouflage detection. The results are gorgeous. Read More >>

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