DIY less-expensive Thermal imaging camera

Priya KuberOctober 25th, 2012

A thermal imaging camera is used for the purpose of energy auditing for homes and offices. Typically these require equipments such as FLIR B60 which are worth $5000 to $8000. This article by David Schneider however talks about a cheap DIY camera. Inspired by the award winning design using Arduino by two two 18-year-old students, Max Ritter and Mark Kohl, from Mindelheim, Germany.

The Schneider version of the thermocam, however, uses a slightly different partlist for the sake of robustness.

The parts used were:
Melexis’s MLX90614?DCI ($52), Arduino microcontroller($30), powder-coated metal enclosure for Arduino($30), Hitec HS425BB x 2 servos($13×2), DDT500H for pan-tilt mechanism($25), plastic mount for servos($5), COM-08654 Laser module with digital controller($19)

The applications were numerous:
– Checking around the home for weather-stripping faults. Even minor gaps were shown more clearly.
– Scanning people and imitating Kirilian photography to picture the actual energy that people emit.

For a more step-by-step on how to build, head here.

Happy building!

Via:[IEEE Spectrum],[Cheap-thermocam]

6 Responses to “DIY less-expensive Thermal imaging camera”

  1. cash for surveys australia Says:

    Great blog this. Thanks very much for posting it.

  2. maxbot Says:

    Check out the project’s new website:

  3. jgrina Says:

    Is there a source code for Arduino available? When I click on “here”, I wind up a a UK Shopping site.


  4. sifu-dianji Says:

    thanks to maxbot for posting the new link, it may be worth updating/removing the old link- when I followed it on my phone I got directed to a blocked site with a dodgy sounding url… just thought you might like to know

  5. AADEX Says:

    This looks very interesting.

  6. stephenseric13 Says:

    Great Blog .. Nice Information!!

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