FLIR has introduced a new thermal imaging camera called the Scout TK that is portable, small, affordable, and records video. Bigfoot's main tool in staying hidden is the darkness of night. This little camera solves that problem by allowing you to view heat signatures out in the field. This could be just the thing you need to really find bigfoot.
In 2015, long time thermal imaging company Flir introduced a smartphone accessory called the Flir One that gave users a superpower: it let them see in the dark. Today at CES, all the work that went into miniaturizing that image sensor for the Flir One has manifested in a new form. It's called the Flir Scout TK, and it's the company's smallest standalone thermal camera.
The Scout TK won't see everything, everywhere in the dark — you'll have to look at the more expensive Scout models for that — but it's powerful enough to pick up heat signals from humans, other animals, or inanimate objects from as far as 100 yards away. Using it is simple: just put the eyepiece up to your eye, frame up your shot on the 640 x 480 display, and click a button on the top. (Short press for photo, long press for video.)
The draw here is that the submarine-shaped Scout TK is small. It's four inches long, less than two inches wide, and weighs only six ounces. The camera also works in complete isolation from a smartphone, unlike the Flir One.
Next to most of Flir's products — which are used by the military, first responders, Formula One, at border crossings, and on drones — the Flir One was almost a novelty. But Flir's newest pocket-sized thermal camera is rugged: it's weather-sealed, can handle temperatures between -4 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 to 40 degrees Celsius), and can survive drops on hard surfaces. It also has a five-hour battery life (and will last "months" on standby, according to Flir), and can record and store 4 hours of video along with 1,000 images.
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