Who says smart phone cases can’t be fashionable and useful?
Case in point: Engineers at FLIR Systems have unveiled an iPhone case that will figuratively let you see through walls. By combining an infrared camera with the iPhone traditional VGA camera, the FLIR One combines heat signature data from the infrared camera while adding depth and detail from the VGA camera to create a composite thermal heat image.
“FLIR Systems explains that it will be useful for pinpointing the position of pipes in walls, finding weak spots in your home’s insulation, finding hidden animals in bushes and identifying leaks before they cause serious damage.
“Users will be able to take time lapse and panoramic thermal images, whilst being able to edit and share what they’ve captured. The case has its own battery pack, which holds a two hour charge, and weighs about the same as the phone.”
Combining form and function, the smart case industry is slowly growing traction as gadgets like the HTC One Dot View or LG’s QuickCircle begin to gain traction. Or, if you’re feeling particularly paranoid, you could drop $230 on a QS1, which is being hailed by its creators as the world’s first “unhackable” phone case. Perhaps the biggest endorsement of this new mobile trend comes from Microsoft, which announced that the Windows Phone 8.1 update will include support for smart cases.
Photo Credit: FLIR Systems, via Flickr