Short of any solid gold or diamond-encrusted cases you might find for those with more money than taste, you are probably looking at the most expensive iPhone case on the market: the FLIR One, yours for $350.

The case is, however, a fully-fledged gadget in its own right: a thermal imaging camera. TechCrunch had a play with one, and reported that it has several different modes, making it suitable for use by you and I as well as those trained to read thermal images. It can, for example, be set to highlight as simple binary differences the hottest and coldest heat sources in an image (sample images below the fold) … 

While the camera is most likely to appeal to those who need it for professional purposes, FLIR believes there is a consumer market too, for example detecting water leaks behind a wall or seeing where heat is lost from a home in order to beef up insulation.

While $350 might seem a steep price to pay, it seems rather more reasonable when compared to the typical $1000+ price of a standalone thermal camera. The case contains a built-in battery to power the camera, and can also help power the iPhone.

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13 Responses to “Winner of the ‘most expensive iPhone case’ at CES is a cool – and hot – gadget”

  1. abozdar says:

    Nice nail polish :-)


  2. sardonick says:

    I like it. If it works as well as most consumer grade FLIRs, I might have to look into this. We have many uses for such a device but without the 1500+ price tag.


    • Ben Lovejoy says:

      I’d be interested to hear about some of the uses you have for it


      • You can use it for thermal testing of your house, to see where there are heat leaks from windows/doors/cracks e.t.c.

        If you lose your small pet, that has crept in some crevice, you can see if its there or not. Likewise to detect mice nests in woodworked houses e.t.c


      • sardonick says:

        “IF” it works, our uses would include inspections on inbound and outbound transportation related items, such as containers, trailers, and boxes. We have strict guidelines on these items and the added benefit of possibly staving off “unwanted” passengers by being able to detect anomalies in cargo transport units would be greatly beneficial. I’m just not confident in the actual product without having first hand experience with it.


      • @sardonick
        In other words, you want to use it to see through clothes of female passengers? :)


  3. Iphone goes predator!!


  4. danbridgland says:

    Would be nice if I could rent one for a few days, but I can’t see much value in owning one. Would love to find those pesky heat leaks in my house, it could potentially pay for itself I guess.


  5. Depending on the precision and accuracy you want, consider the IR-Blue – Thermal Imaging Smartphone Accessory (


  6. Only problem I see is that if you intend on using this more than once, it has a shelf life of about 2 yrs or less depending on how often you upgrade your phone. If you use it commercially for work, you might as well invest in something stand alone. Its a cool concept and I would want one, but then it becomes a paper weight when Apple tweeks their design and I want to upgrade.