From search and rescue, to wildlife tracking to industrial engineering, there are a number of professional uses for a thermal imaging camera. But what about the uses you can do at home and the office? From the fun to the practical, here are some of our favourites…
MAKING SURE THE BBQ IS THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE
Grilling is a fine art. There’s nothing worse than a burger that’s burnt or unevenly cooked. Keeping the temperature right and even is the key here. A medium heat is between 190º C (375º F) to 230º C (450º F). Using the thermal camera is a convenient way to check it. Also, it’s a lot less painful than holding your hand over the burning coals.
CHECKING THE BATH WATER FOR BABY
Still using your hands to check the right water temperature for your baby’s bath? Unfortunately, it’s a flawed technique as your hands are used to handle much higher temperatures. That’s the reason why many health practitioners recommend testing the water with your more sensitive elbow. Or you could just use your Cat S60 – with its extreme waterproof credentials you don’t even have to worry about accidentally dropping it into the bath-tub. The optimum temperature should be around 37ºC (around that of your body temperature).
EVER HAD THAT FEELING SOMEONE’S BEEN AT YOUR DESK?
Wherever you sit down, you leave a heat trace for several minutes afterwards. That’s why thermal imaging is so invaluable for police forces around the world – by pointing the camera at a recently abandoned vehicle they can quickly see how many suspects they’re dealing with. You can use the same technique to check if anyone’s been sitting at your desk while you’ve been gone – or if anyone’s been going where they shouldn’t have.
CHECK YOUR DRINKS ARE COLD ENOUGH
The Cat S60’s thermal imaging capability isn’t just for seeking sources of heat. It’s also perfectly suited for checking cold heat sources – vital to see whether that beer you’re grabbing at the end of a long hard day is cold enough to slate your thirst.
TRACKING YOUR PET
Ever wondered what your pet gets up to when it sneaks out at night? Use the Cat S60 to track your favourite pet’s nocturnal habits. The range of the thermal camera allows you to see heat sources up to 30m (100ft) away. Is it out hunting or grabbing a sneaky second dinner from your neighbour?
The list of home uses for a thermal imaging camera is endless. All you need to do is to get a little creative and you’ll discover infinite possibilities at your disposal. You may use your Cat S60 to check for insulation leaks, the health of your plumbing, over-heating wiring or to check your radiators are all functioning as they should.
CHECK YOUR PET FOR INJURIES
Thermal imaging is an invaluable tool for veterinarians to check the health of animals, be they horses, cattle or your pet dog. Overheating especially can be a big issue for dogs, who struggle to regulate their temperature and will keep going until they drop. Hence, Cat S60 also makes for an additional tool for double-checking signs for lameness so you can pick up the warning signs early and seek the right professional care for your pet.