Smartphone Thermal Camera Body Temperature Measurement Tested (FLIR / Seek)

By Rob Kilpatrick, Published Apr 10, 2020, 09:29am EDT

Thermal cameras have exploded in popularity due to coronavirus, but can portable smartphone thermal cameras be used for temperature screening?

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IPVM bought and tested the FLIR One Pro and Seek CompactPRO, looking at these key questions:

  • Can they accurately measure body temperature compared to a typical thermometer?
  • How do measurements change due to sunlight exposure, exercise, and other factors?
  • How simple are the mobile apps to use?

Warning:

******* **** *** **** recommend ***** ********** ******* be **** *** **** temperature ***********, ** **** believe **** *** ****** not ******** ******. *******, some **** ***** ** if **** ***** ** used *** ***** ********, and** ***** *** ************** ******** ** *** the **** *** *** for *********. **** **** in ****, ** ****** these ******* ** *** how **** ********* *** general ****** ** ******* measurement ***** *** ***** to ********* *******.

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***** ** *** *****, the **** *** *** and **** **************** ***** **** *** *********** screening, ** **** *** simply *** ******** ******, with ************ ************* ***** than **** *********** ******** by *** ******** *********** in ****** **** ********.

******** ******* **** **** inconsistent ********** *** ***, with ******** ******** *********** varying ******* ******* ********** a *** ** ******* despite ***** ********** ********* the ****.

*****, ** ***** ** be ** ******** ** possible, ***** ******* **** to ** **** **** close ** *** *******, ~1', ****** **** ** recommended ** ******* ****** distancing **********.

*******, ******* ****** *** a ****** ****/*** ***** mode ***** ******** *** user ** ******** **** temperature **** ******* ********* systems *** **** **** on ***** ********* ******* measurements. **** ****: **** offers * **/** **** measurement ****, *** *** alerts.

Screening ****** ******* ******

**** **** ** *** working ** ********** *** obtaining ****** ********* *******. Update:**** **** ******* *********** Screening ****** ******

Camera ******** *********

**** *** **** *** Seek ******* ******* ******* a ***** ***** *** use *** **** **** the ****** ** *** phone. ** **** *** Lightning ********* ******** ** our *****, *** ***** USB *** *** * models *** **** *********.

Inaccurate **** *********** ********

****** ******* ******* *** FLIR *** *** ** the **** ********** ********** measured * ******'* ***********, confirmed ***** **** *** infrared ************. *********** ************ of *** **** *** Pro **** *** ** 4-8° **** ********* *** subject's ********. ************, ******* were ************, ******* ********** the *** ******* ** major ******* ** ******** level ** ******* ***********.

*** *******, *** *******'* body *********** *** * consistent **.*°* (**.*°*) ** the *** ****** *****, taken ***** ** **** apart. ******* *********** *** activity ***** **** *********, but ******** *********** ******* from **.*° ** **.*°*.

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*** **** ********** ******** even ***** ** **** same ****, ****.

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**** *** **** ********** in *** **** **** period, ******* **** **°-**°*, but **** **** **° below ****** ******** **** temperature.

Close ***** ****** *** **** ******** *******

*** *** **** ******** readings, *** ******* ****** to ** ~*' ** less **** **** *** thermal *******. ****** ********* resulted ** ***** ********. For *******, ***** *** FLIR *** ***, *********** dropped **** **.*°* (~*° below **** *********** ******** with * ***********) ** 93.1° **** ****** **** 1' ** *' ********.

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*** **** *** **** using *** **** **********, though ** * ****** extent. *********** ********* ~*°* for ***** ~*' ******** from *** ******.

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Hot/Cold ******* ******* ** ********

**** ******* ******** *********** changes ** ******** **** temperature *** ** *** or **** ******* ******* to *** ********. ***, example, ******** * *** towel ** *** ******** for * *** ******* raised ******** *********** ** over ***°*, ****** ****** body *********** ******** ~**.*°.

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*********, **** ******* **** to *** ******** ******* measured ***********.

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Physical ******** ********* ******** *********** ************

*********, ** ******** ******** before *** ***** ******* laps ****** *** ******** and ***** ****** **********. Measuring **** *** **** One ***, *********** ********* by ****** *°*, **** 90.5 ** **.*, ****** in **** ***** **** below *********** ******** ****** (98.2°F).

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Little ********** ** *********** *** ** *** ********

*** ******* ******** ******* difference ** **** *********** after ******** **** ******* to ****** ******** *** extended *******, **** *** forehead ****** ** *** touch. ** ** ******** that *** ****** ******* temperature (* **** ** ~70°F / **°*) *********** for ********* *** ** sunlight. ******* *** **** significantly ** *** ** cold ****.

***** *** **** **********, temperature ********* ** **** ~1°F, **** **° ** 90°.

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*** **** *** *** actually ******** * ***** decrease ** *.*°*, *********** the **** *********** ****** and *****.

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FLIR *** *** ********

*** **** *** *** includes **** **** ****** and ******* ** ******** for ***********. ***** ****, only *** ******* *********** is *********, *** * maximum *** *******, ** accurate ******** ****** ** taken. *******, *** **** meter (*********) ****** * very ***** ******, **** a *** ******, *** can ** ********* ** position ** *** ******* parts ** *** ******* consistently.

Seek *** ********

****** ****, **** ******** a "**/**" **** ***** highlights *** ******* *** coolest ***** ** *** image, ****** **** *********** measurements ******. ******* ** FLIR, ** ****** ******* color ********, ********** *********** display *****, ***.

Battery ******* / ****** ****** ***** *****

******* *** **** *** Seek ******* *** ** operated ***** ********, ******* making **** ********** *** screening ***. *** **** One *** **** * built-in ************ *******, ***** Seek **** *** ******* of *** ********* *****.

Versions ****

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*** ****/****/***** **** ** difficult ** *** ** accurate ****, ** **** they * ***-*****? **** curious, ****** *** *** insightful ****!

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**** *** **** **** it ********* ** *** a ******* ******* **** block *** ******** *** hair ***** **** ***** if **** ******, ***** do *** ***** ** they *****'* ** *****.

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***** ******** **** **** it’s *** ***********! ***** to ****.

**** *********** ** *** DIRECTLY ********** ** * FEVER (** **** *******), UNDERSTAND???

** *** ****** ** error *** *****, ***** may ** **** ******* to *****. ** *** margin ** ***** (******** or ********) ** ***** (in ***** ******* *** attempts), *** ****** ** adopt ********** ****.

***, *’* ******* ***** at **** *** ***** other ********** *******.

*** ***** *** *******.

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**** ****** ******** ******** claims - ***** ******** are ******* *** **** calls *** ******* **** for **** :*********** ****** *** *** New ****** *** *.*. Retail

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**** *********** ** *** going ** ***** **** body ***********, *** ** will ****** ***** ** various *******. **** ********** of *** *************** ** a ******* ********* ** almost ********* *******, *** what *** ******** **** the **** ** ***** range ** *** *********** a **** ** **********.

*** *** **** ***** halfway **** *** ****:

***** ***** *** **** :: *********** ** *** human ****

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*****, ******, ****** **** image *** ******* / ease ** *********:

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** ***** ** ****** to *** **** ****** to ******* **** ************ among * ***** ** people. *** *** *** average *** **** ******* whether ****** ** ***** that *******. ***** ******* on **** ***** **** never ******** ** ******* your **** ***********. ****'** not * ***********. ** you *** ********* * leak ** * ****, you *** ** ** see ***** *** **** is. *** ** **** you *** ***** *********** of *** *** ***** in *** ****. ***, FLIR **** **** * 510(k) ****** (*******) **** the ** **** *** Drug ************** (***) *** select ****** ****** **** the * ****** **** have ** *** ***********. Also, *** ********* *** temperature ** *** **** spot, ****** ** *** eyes ** ****. ******** works, *** ** **** test **** ******** ***** different ********* ** *** forehead.

******* *** * **** range ** *********** *********. Different ******* *** ******* on ********* ********* *********** ranges *** ********* ************. A **** **-* ****** camera ** **** ** detect ************ ****** *** flash ***** ** *****. That's * ********** ********* temperature ***** **** **** temperature. *** *** **** more *****.

******* ******* *** ********* Elevated **** *********** | FLIR *******

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** *** *** ** obvious, *** ** *****'* specifically ******* ****, *** Danny ** * **** Field ********.

** ***** **** ** is ******* *****.

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