FLIR Celebrates Lepton Anniversary with Two New Products by Andy Teich, CEO
Monday, January 4, 2016
Andy Teich, President and CEO
Today at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), FLIR introduced the FLIR Scout TK and the FLIR TG130, two thermal handheld cameras for people to use at home, work, and play. Enabled by an historic technological advancement we made two years ago, both products reinforce our pursuit to deliver a sixth sense to an ever-increasing population of users around the world.
At CES 2014, FLIR unveiled the revolutionary Lepton microcamera, the world’s smallest microbolometer-based thermal imaging camera module. The innovation dramatically reduced the size, weight, and power of thermal technology, but most importantly, Lepton’s unique design and high-volume orientation have resulted in significant cost reductions which will enable a whole new universe of products and applications. Lepton symbolized a giant step for FLIR, and the industry, to make thermal imaging more accessible to the masses by enabling the development of a wide range of innovative low-cost, consumer-oriented products.
Since introducing Lepton in early 2014, including those announced today, we’ve announced 13 Lepton-based products that provide people with enhanced situational awareness, improved safety and increased productivity. From the first and second generation FLIR ONE accessories for smartphones to the low-cost handheld FLIR K2 firefighting camera, these devices showcase the breadth of devices we create for first responders, consumers, and professionals. Our two latest products are no exception.
With the Scout TK, the outdoor explorer now has a lightweight, pocket-sized thermal vision monocular providing the ability to see clearly in total darkness. The TG130 spot thermal camera will help the do-it-yourself homeowner identify rooms with poor insulation and locate heating issues around doors and windows. Both products feature groundbreaking low prices in their respective categories thanks to Lepton.
We continue investing in research and development to enhance Lepton’s capabilities, and in 2015 we made Lepton available in three variations. Two shutterless models offer a choice of either a 50 degree or 25 degree field-of-view (FOV) lens, and a third model contains a 50 degree FOV lens with a built-in shutter that automatically recalibrates the camera. Each Lepton also offers optional temperature-stable output to support absolute temperature measurement capabilities.
But developing our own products is only one part of our Lepton strategy. Providing original equipment manufacturers (OEM) access to Lepton to integrate into their own unique devices is equally critical. In 2015, we made Lepton available through several leading component supply outlets including Digi-Key Electronics, Avnet, Inc. and Future Electronics. This type of distribution makes the technology accessible to a broader set of OEMs, small businesses, and the maker community, and as a result we are seeing Lepton adoption for applications as diverse as automotive, gaming, wearable devices, drones, public safety, and the Internet of Things (IOT).
We’re excited by the momentum behind Lepton, and the future of affordable, thermal-equipped devices is incredibly bright. We look forward to building more innovative products that continue to exemplify FLIR’s mission of being the World’s Sixth Sense, helping people save lives, protect the environment, enhance productivity and explore their surroundings in entirely new ways.
If you are attending CES this week, visit the FLIR in South Hall Four booth #36211 to see all of our products.
FLIR Lepton-Based Products
FLIR ONE v1
FLIR’s first Lepton-based product transformed iPhone 5 & 5s into a thermal imaging camera
FLIR ONE v2
The next generation FLIR ONE hit the shelves in 2015 for both iOS and Android devices ($249.99)
The FLIR C2 is the world’s first full-featured, pocket-sized camera for building, electrical and mechanical uses ($699)
Thermal Imaging Spot Meter for industrial pros including contractors, maintenance workers, and HVAC techs ($499)
LIR AX8 thermal sensor provides continuous temperature monitoring and alarm capabilities to protect critical electrical and mechanical equipment ($995)
The FLIR K2 rugged thermal imaging camera for firefighting applications ($1295)
The MR160 is the first two-in-one moisture meter and thermal imager ($599)
The CM174 is the world's first all-in-one electrical clamp meter equipped with a built-in thermal imager (pricing available through distributors)
The MR176 moisture meter and thermal imager is an advanced device for restoration and remediation pros (pricing available through distributors)
FLIR AX8 Marine
FLIR AX8 Marine Thermal monitoring system spots heat-related issues for boat mechanical systems (pricing available through FLIR sales)
The FLIR TCX thermal security camera for commercial security use helps see in complete darkness (pricing available through FLIR sales)
The easy-to-use TG130 spot thermal camera for do-it yourself homeowners who want to solve household heating/cooling issues ($249 in January 2016)
FLIR Scout TK
The FLIR Scout TK compact thermal vision monocular is the smallest, lightest and most affordable camera in the FLIR Scout series ($599 in Q1 2016)