The IR-Blue Kickstarter Project Can Turn Your iPhone Into A Thermal Imaging Device

Thermal imaging devices can be pretty expensive, but this latest Kickstarter project offers an alternative to spending a crazy amount of dough on one by turning your iPhone into a thermal imaging camera.

The guy behind the project needed to find leaks in his house but couldn’t find a thermal imaging camera under $1,500. The solution? He made his own, called the IR-Blue, which lets you see the temperature of things around you. It uses a 64 zone non-contact InfraRed sensor array to read the temperature of what you’re pointing it at. The IR-Blue connects using Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android device to show the temperature readings as colors on your screen.

The IR-Blue works with the iPhone 4S, 5, new iPads, and fifth-generation iPod touch. It has already more than reached its funding goal of $20,000 with more than $114,000 already pledged. You can make a pledge on the IR-Blue starting at $145 for a self-assembly kit or $165 for an IR-Blue fully assembled. The IR-Blue app will be available for free in the App Store and Android Store.

This is definitely a more affordable alternative to those expensive thermal imaging cameras and a great way to save energy in your house by spotting leaks. Check out the video above to really see what the Kickstarter project can do.

Kaylie lives in Ottawa and got her first Mac in 2007 and is now a fan for life.