Thermal Imaging Devices

System that Makes Smart Glasses See Heat

Unique in its versatility, Third Eye wireless thermal attachment is a smart solution for thermal capability on the go. Paired with smart glasses, Third Eye's patent-pending design delivers lightweight, hands-free convenience - creating a multitude of uses never before available on the market.
What's more, Third Eye is unconstrained by operating systems and ports. The same unit can operate with iOS and Android and, if desired, transmit a thermal video from a distance of up to 10 yards.
Developed by innovation-driven Round Concept Third Eye's unique, patent-pending design adds a whole new dimension to the functionality of smartphones, tablets and wearables while bringing everyday practicality to thermal imaging.
  • Turns smart glasses and mobile devices into advanced thermal vision systems;
  • Night Vision applications for professional and amateur uses;
  • Precise remote temperature measurements and scanning ideal for medical, industrial and environmental uses;
  • Instrumental for search and rescue; Live-video streaming capable.
* Hardware and Software is developed by AXONIM Devices

Have you ever thought about what is in common between builders and, let’s say, a firefighter? The answer is that they have the thermal vision devices in their arsenal of tools that are also known as heat vision goggles or cameras. This page will reveal all the secrets of how such devices work and what they are used for.

What Is A Thermal Imaging Device?

In fact, the thermal imaging device is a basic camera, but depending on the type of gadget it may have some constructional peculiarities. However, no matter what variation it is - the principle of work is the same.

Any portable thermal imaging camera creates a picture of anything in a special way: it renders the image in the red and blue scale where red shows the high temperature of the item and a blue - the low one. It‘s because of sensitivity to infrared (IR) radiation rather than to the light like in the regular cameras.
Infrared emittance is one from the line of the electromagnetic spectrum. And like the other types (x-rays, microwaves, ultraviolet, etc) it has its own length of waves. In particular, the IR wave range is within 7 and 14 nanometers. And, since all objects have their own black-body radiation, the portable thermal camera measures the wave’s length and then displays it on the screen in a corresponding color scale. Besides, the warmer object is, the more radiation it gives off, so a thermography device detects it much easier.

What Types Of Thermal Imaging Cameras Are There?

There are 2 types of thermographic cameras that vary one from the other by the presence of uncooled and cooled detectors. Let’s take a closer look at them and what they are used for.

  1. Uncooled detectors are widely spread devices. They are capable of working with ambient temperature since they have elements that have been stabilized to such conditions. In addition, they are equipped with the special detectors that measure and analyze current, voltage and resistance being heated, and then compare the values with the starter ones. These cameras are less expensive since they don’t require particular maintenance and storage. Moreover, this detail makes them compact and portable so they can be used by non-specialists either. The only drawback is that their measurements may be not quite correct, and it is useless in particular cases.
  2. Cooled detectors are mostly used for professional purposes. The sensor is in the sealed container that is cooled with cryogen, then so that, it prevents “blind” areas. It is done in order to get the most precise measuring results, even if it is used in the lowest temperatures. Thus, they require special storage conditions that influence their cost greatly.

How Do Thermal Imaging Devices Work?

Whether you use a handheld thermal camera or thermal vision glasses, the main trait is that none of the thermal vision devices can’t use lenses made of glass. The reason is that the glass doesn’t consume infrared waves, but it blocks them instead. That is why all the thermal imaging devices along with cameras need to have special materials. In particular, there should be one from newly developed chalcogenide glass, crystalline silicon or Germanium.

However, while all of them are pretty solid and have higher refractive indices, this detail is still disadvantageous, though, since according to Fresnel’s rule, it causes numerous reflections that may distort the final result.

In order to prevent such effects, the optics of thermal vision goggles or handheld thermal imaging camera are coated with the special anti-reflective finish. And this is another great influencer of the higher price formation.

So in total, any thermal imaging device consists of a few necessary parts: the optics, sensors and detectors, amplifying mechanism, signal processor, and the screen. Depending on what type of heat vision device you have, its body construction may be absolutely different. Moreover, it can have additional protection such as a layer of rubber, sealed housing, etc.

What Are They Used For?

The range of the fields where the handheld thermal imaging device is widely used is almost unlimited. So here are some of them.

  1. Iceberg detecting systems are the most necessary tools for seafarers in order to avoid any ship crashes. In fact, there may be used some thermal imaging glasses as an urgent substitute for the main one.
  2. The security video system can be also equipped with thermal vision optics that allow people to see clearly at night. Besides, there can be used heat vision glasses as an auxiliary device.
  3. Rescuing activities also involve a list of heat-sensing tools. For example, thermal imaging goggles help seek people trapped under the rubble.
  4. Builders quite often use heat-sensing goggles or handheld thermal scanner that help detect the scopes of work, particularly, eliminate the heat-leaking areas in the building. Moreover, non-professional people can also install an Android or iPhone thermal app for an outer device that enables the same function.

If you haven’t found the examples of your industry, but you are thinking about where to find reliable manufacturers that can design and produce a similar device for your business, then you’ve almost reached one. The Axonim company is exactly what you are looking for. So just hit a button and drop us a message.

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