Think of what could happen if your iPhone became a thermal imaging device capable of detecting radiation in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum. Those are big words for a heat sensor that can detect heat (or lack of) where you can’t see it.
Who Is Watching Whom
Flir, a company which makes and sells thermographic imaging equipment announced the Flir One, a thermal visualization add on accessory and app for the iPhone.
On the surface, Flir One and an iPhone make it easy for us to find leaks, spills, water damage, electrical problems, and where walls may need more insulation.
Plumbers and electricians will love Flir One because it makes finding leaks and electrical shorts much easier, which saves time and effort.
iPhone users on the go can explore the night, observe wild animals, detect nearby campsites, even locate family or friends in the dark.
I see the iPhone and Flir One as a great tool for thieves. And for those watching thieves. Is there someone in your backyard? Flir One knows.
Color me a little paranoid here, but if Flir One can detect friends and loved ones in the dark, as thermal imaging devices do, can it be used by thieves, burglars, and government agents to see if I’m at home, or to determine which room I’m in at the time?
How long will it be before thermal imaging devices attached to a smartphone can detect whether a person is telling the truth or lying? Politicians should deathly afraid of the Flir One.
There’s no doubt that the Flir One accessory for the iPhone is an amazing device with all sorts of useful functionality. Our computers are useful devices, too, but they’re also the ones that turn on us when hackers decide to take what is rightfully ours. Privacy and security.
How is this much different than a portable x-ray device that can see what we’re doing and where but from the other side of a wall? Of course, that means I can be looking back, too.