As we know, we always want more from the smartphone: cameras increasely powerful, very high resolution for perfect images at your fingertips. But it’s still not enough. The new frontier of smartphone photography is the infrared sensor.
It’s called Quark, the first infrared camera for mobile devices, presented by the American company Flir, during the annual fair of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), dedicated to robot and drones.
The camera is similar to the models of drones, helmets and military viewers, but smaller. The first prototype consists of a cover for iPhone that follows the contour of the phone sticking out a few inches over the top, where is the lens. Because the device doesn’t transform the iPhone camera but has a lens about two inches wide. At the moment the quality is low, only 0.3 megapixel, the prototype aims to estimate the space that could have on the market.
In professional and military field, infrared photography is already used and popular. There are several systems able to observe through small everyday objects easily concealable. Also other sectors are taking advantages. In construction industry is used to detect water seepage or leakage from tubes, in the medical field for the diagnosis of breast cancer and in electronics to identify faults within an electrical circuit.
At the moment the experimental project can be accommodated only if the demand will be high allowing the reduction of costs, now too high. In addition, the very low quality doesn’t allow you to take great pictures to show. However, the infrared have taken the first steps.