RealWear: Lepton 3.5 thermal imaging camera module for Navigator 500 headset for “assisted reality


At the end of December, a new wearable solution from RealWear was presented in Goleta, California. Interested parties got to see the first voice-controlled and completely hands-free thermal imaging camera module.

Assisted Reality for the thermal imaging camera

Lepton 3.5 is the name of the new thermal imaging camera module recently presented by Teledyne FLIR partner RealWear in California. What makes Lepton 3.5 special is that it is the first module for a thermal imaging camera that can be used completely hands-free and controlled by voice command.

The module is designed for use in the RealWear 500 headset and allows users to obtain high-resolution thermal images. They are suitable for detecting and locating anomalies related to temperature in industrial facilities.

The system is the first of its kind to be commercially available using Lepton 3.5. Assisted reality thus takes on entirely new dimensions: Voice command control applies to settings and modes that can be changed, as well as to thermal image acquisition. These voice commands can even be used well in noisy environments and work up to noise levels of about 100 dB.

New tool for companies

Assisted reality is being used in more and more areas, but it always experiences limitations. The use of the Lepton 3.5 thermal imaging camera module is intended to overcome at least one of these limitations. The hands-free acquisition of thermal imaging data allows a company’s workers to perform their tasks safely. Even in critical environments, this achieves the desired productivity. By participating in the Thermal by FLIR program, RealWear has been able to make the system even faster to develop at a lower cost.

The module is also found in the Ulefone Power Armor 18T Android phone, which has a lightweight, small and low-power thermal imaging camera. For Lepton, the cell phone market is also its largest OEM market. By integrating its modules into wearables as well as other tech accessories, Lepton has become the most widely used thermal imaging platform internationally. The right technology can be found for every ecosystem, as RealWear and Ulefone products have proven time and again.

For example, the MSX imaging feature has now been patented and provides enhancement of thermal images captured by the camera through so-called embossed outlines. FLIR Thermal software provides the necessary compatibility. Management of the several thousand thermal images is easy with intelligent processing functions, and the software for this can be used by subscription.

About Teledyne FLIR

Teledyne FLIR is part of the Teledyne Technologies Group. The company is considered a global leader in smart sensor solutions used for industrial and defense applications. Teledyne FLIR employs more than 4,000 people in offices around the world. The company was founded in 1978 and since then has been synonymous with the development of cutting-edge technologies. Professionals are said to be able to make better and faster decisions using assisted reality with Teledyne FLIR’s products. For this purpose, comprehensive data is collected and analyzed, which provides the basis for further actions and decisions.

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