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FLIR One, round two: The thermal imaging camera drops $100, gets a new shape

This past year Senior Editor Lee Hutchinson performed using the FLIR One a $349 apple iphone situation which had two embedded cameras to create all of you the energy of Predator in John McTiernans 1987 film Predator That’s your camera required infrared dimensions of their surroundings creating an incredible thermal image that transcended the visible spectrum

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FLIR One gives your apple iphone infrared Predator vision

For $349 you can also see at nighttime as an intergalactic large game hunter

Now FLIR a military and industrial technology company based outdoors of Tigard Or has return having a second form of its consumer-grade product listed at $249 The following-gen accessory can also be known as the FLIR One but this time around the organization has eschewed the apple iphone situation for any dongle that attaches to the foot of a compatible iOS device through the Lightning port Even better the FLIR The first is no more iOS-exclusive as well as an Android-compatible dongle works together with a number of Samsung and Asus phones along with the HTC ONE M8 and also the LG V400

In addition the organization says the lengthy-wave infrared sensor (known as the Lepton Core) based in the 2015 FLIR You have four occasions the resolution from the one based in the 2014 FLIR One

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New Lepton Camera much better than that old Lepton Camera

Specs instantly: FLIR One

Visible light camera

VGA (640 × 480) employed for MSX mixing

IR sensor

FLIR Lepton LWIR (lengthy wave infrared)

Temperature sense range

-20° to 120° levels Celsius

Thermal variance recognition

01° Celsius

Onboard battery



MicroUSB (charge only)


72 mm x 26 mm x 18 mm


275 oz .

Supported mobile phones

A number of iOS products and a number of Android products



Such as the first generation FLIR One the brand new You have two cameras The very first is FLIRs proprietary Lepton Camera which the organization states is easily the most compact lengthy-wave infrared sensor available This camera picks up longer wavelengths within the electromagnetic spectrum radiated by infrared radiation however this generation bumps the resolution from the camera from the fuzzy 80×60 to 160×120 The Lepton may also identify a broader selection of temps compared to old version could-in which the first generation could read temps between to 100 levels Celsius this latest version can identify variations in temperature from -20 levels to 120 levels Celsius

Temperature sensitivity however is equivalent to that old version having the ability to identify 01 degree Celsius variations in temperature

The FLIR Ones other camera is really a regular VGA standard camera The unit takes the image and thru a procedure known as MSX Mixing it extracts detail in the visible light camera and overlays it using the thermal image in the Lepton camera This is exactly what really is sensible from the thermal image-without them youre looking at a lot of rainbow-colored blobs trying to puzzle out if the information youre seeing is helpful

Even though the composite image continues to be 640×480 the increased thermal resolution provides the resulting pictures a crisper look

Within the associated FLIR One application there is also a few new options-you can now take breathtaking shots and make time-lapse videos from inside the application Like before you pick the colors you need to indicate relative warmth but we mostly tied to the default option (too help remind you infrared surf is without color so infrared cameras provide the wavelengths false colors to exhibit us helpful information) Another really awesome factor: inside the FLIR applications library you are able to swipe on your thermal photos to determine the visible light photo with no thermal information This can help for those who have a lot of photos in low light where MSX Mixing might have dropped some key particulars in mixing the thermal image using the VGA image

Will the EU get a dream team?

Rivals for foreign policy chief: Italy’s Federica Mogherini (left) and Bulgaria’s Kristalina Georgieva

August is holiday time for the Brussels elite, but that has not stopped intense behind-the-scenes negotiation over candidates for the top EU jobs.

A special EU summit will take place on Saturday, aimed at deciding who will replace Herman Van Rompuy as European Council President and Catherine Ashton as EU foreign policy chief – officially the “EU High Representative”.

The 28 member states failed to agree on candidates for those two top jobs on 16-17 July.

Now, the field appears to have narrowed quite a lot.

They agreed earlier – controversially – to appoint Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission.

First of all, a big health warning. Don’t underestimate the ability of EU leaders to spring surprises. In 2009 the emergence of Mr Van Rompuy and Baroness Ashton took most observers by surprise.

It is a very complicated balancing act, amid intense national rivalry for power and influence in the EU. If all 28 can be satisfied then the EU may have its dream team.

There is a trade-off between these jobs and the plum jobs in the European Commission, yet to be decided.

Here are some factors that will influence the leaders’ choices when they meet in Brussels:

Last month Italy’s centre-left Prime Minister Matteo Renzi could not persuade a majority in the Council to back his candidate for foreign policy chief – Federica Mogherini.

There was opposition from East European leaders who felt she was too friendly towards Russia. There were also widely reported concerns that she was new to the job as Italian foreign minister and relatively inexperienced in European politics.

But the director of the Carnegie Europe think-tank, Jan Techau, says there are signs that a deal has emerged to put her in the job after all.

“It looks like she’ll be the one,” he told the BBC. This month Mr Renzi managed to persuade other left-leaning governments to support Ms Mogherini – most significantly France, he said.

“Those who opposed her originally realised they had lost the fight, probably because they have been compensated elsewhere.”

This is where the trade-offs get very complicated. Poland has been pushing for its highly experienced foreign minister, Radek Sikorski, to get the job.

But what if Mr Juncker offers Poland the job of EU Energy Commissioner, or another powerful economic job instead? Poland – heavily reliant on fossil fuels – is keen to have more influence on EU energy policy. That could be enough for Mr Sikorski to be quietly dropped.

Sweden’s Carl Bildt is another foreign policy big-hitter. But, like Mr Sikorski, he might be too ambitious and too outspoken on Russia for some EU leaders to stomach.

“As high representative you’re essentially an employee of the member states. They always fear someone who sets an agenda – they don’t want someone over-ambitious,” Mr Techau says.

Next steps

September – Jean-Claude Juncker presents nominees for his new 28-member Commission and Parliament grills each one in turn (one from each member state)

October – Parliament votes on new Commission team

November – New Commission should take office, as should new EU foreign policy chief and new European Council president.

Both top jobs could go to women. Two names are often mentioned by Brussels-watchers: Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Danish Prime Minister, centre-left) and Kristalina Georgieva (Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, centre-right Bulgarian).

Ms Thorning-Schmidt has long been seen as a favourite to replace Mr Van Rompuy as European Council President.

An analyst at the Open Europe think-tank, Pawel Swidlicki, said Ms Mogherini might still be too controversial to get the necessary support.

Ms Georgieva as foreign policy chief would tick the East European box, he said, while Ms Thorning-Schmidt would be the counter-balancing centre-left leader as council president.

The rest of the college of commissioners looks very male-heavy, so having two women appointed could persuade the European Parliament he told the BBC.

But another strong contender for Mr Van Rompuy’s job is Latvia’s ex-Prime Minister, Valdis Dombrovskis, Mr Techau argues. He has the advantage of being both an East European and from a eurozone country.

The leaders will try to agree by consensus, without taking a formal vote. The vote which resulted in Mr Juncker’s appointment was unusual

James Brady’s death ruled a homicide

James Brady, a former White House press secretary who became a prominent gun-control advocate after he was wounded in the 1981 attempt on President Ronald Reagan’s life, died Monday, August 4. He was 73.

(CNN) — Former White House press secretary James Brady’s death this week was directly related to wounds he sustained in the 1981 attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, and authorities are now investigating it as a homicide, police told CNN on Friday.

Brady was shot in the head and partly paralyzed, spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair and advocating against gun violence.

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His family said in a statement that he died from health issues at 73. But a Virginia medical examiner has ruled the case a homicide, prompting a new investigation, Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Gwen Crump said.

Bill Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Washington, said his office is reviewing the medical examiner’s findings. He had no further comment.

John Hinckley, the lone gunman who fired the shots that wounded Reagan, Brady, a police officer and a Secret Service agent outside a Washington hotel, was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

He has spent the ensuing years in a psychiatric hospital.

Hinckley was charged at the time with assault with intent to kill and assault with a dangerous weapon, and it’s unclear if he will face any new counts.

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