What is it?
• Infrared (IR) imaging consists of sensing and representing waves in the infrared region of light.
• IR light is a range of the electromagnetic spectrum from 30 cm to 750 nm in wavelength.1
• The camera records IR light which is represented after software processing as a color. Typically blue to red.
• In February of 1800, Sir Frederick William Herschel discovered IR light when dispersing light through a glass prism onto mercury thermometers.2
○ He observed that areas beyond the visible light spectrum were warmer than within the visible region.2
○ In sunlight, the majority of energy comes from the IR region.
• Fast forward to now, we have handheld cameras that allow us to see the affect IR has around us.
• According to Fluke, IR waves enter the lens of the unit, much like a camera. The lens is specially made to focus the IR range of light. The light is focused onto a sensor and the signal is processed and displayed on a screen.3
• Remote controls.
○ Get your cell phone and your TV remote. Open your camera app and point the remote at your camera. Most likely you will see a light that isn’t visible to the naked eye.
• Satellite weather tracking.
○ IR for night weather tracking.4
○ Temperature detection (Thermal Imaging).4
○ Determine cloud info such as altitude, density, etc.4
• Heat Tracking missiles/anti-missile artillery. 5
• Night Vision Optics.5
• Leaks in Insulation.
• Identifying Blood vessels in minimally invasive surgery techniques.6
• Anti-IR tech for military stealth.
The Possible uses of IR seem endless, and it’s easy to think of ways to use it for temperature measurement, but what I want to know is what are some uses you can think of for IR tech that would disrupt an industry?