Thermal Imaging: The Heat Is OnFebruary 12, 2009
The first thing that comes to minds of most people when they think of thermal imaging is funny colors and a certain movie featuring the governor of California. In reality, there are many applications and scenarios in which thermal imaging (also referred to as heat seeking) devices are used. The military, search and rescue teams, fire and law enforcement professionals, and even hunters use thermal imagers for human or game detection.Some of you may be asking yourselves, what in the world is a thermal imaging system? Thermal imaging cameras, thermal infrared and game finders all use thermography, a type of infrared imaging science that detects radiation and produces images organized by the amount of heat given off. Basically, using a thermal imager you can see anything that gives off heat, regardless of the lighting situation or time of day. Firefighters can use thermal devices like the AimShot HeatSeeker Rescue Tool to find victims through smoke. Hunters can spot fallen animals using the Game Finder Inc Heatseeker. Regardless of the application, thermal imaging helps spot practically anything that is alive, and can be a lifesaver in a tough situation.
True tacticians will elect to use a top of the line thermal camera such as the FLIR Patrol IR or the Brilliance Award-winning Thermal Eye X200XP. These feature sophisticated DSP image processing and incredible design and clarity. Now that you have a little background on thermal imaging and thermal cameras, check out our selection at OpticsPlanet and see what heat imaging can do for you.