Infrared Explorer: Scientific Imaging for Science Education
Scientists have long relied on imaging to visualize invisible phenomena and thus advance science. The Infrared Explorer (IE) is a smartphone app that IFI is developing to realize the educational promise of scientific imaging — using low-cost thermal imaging as an example.
As a mobile app, the Infrared Explorer can be used anywhere to capture thermal images, record videos, and share them through email or social networks. The app has its own galleries for storing images and videos, which also provide many functionalities for managing, editing, and annotating images and videos. As a science app, the Infrared Explorer includes data analysis and visualization tools that support science practices. For instance, it has built-in temporal and spatial graphs for studying the time evolution and space distribution of temperature. It also features an online video store that has scores of recorded videos for users to download and analyze, allowing the app to be useful even for those who do not have a thermal camera.
About the Logo
This is what a thermal camera sees when a piece of dry paper cut in a yin-yang shape is placed on top of an open cup of water that is slightly cooler than the ambient due to evaporation. For a scientific explanation, see this page.Download
💬 This app is designed for multiple users to share on the same device. To log in, select "Admin" and use "0" as the password.
This project is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant numbers #2054079 and #2329563. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material, however, are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.