The FLIR Lepton™ is the most compact longwave infrared (LWIR) sensor available as an OEM product. It packs a resolution of 80 × 60 or 160x120 pixels into a camera body that is smaller than a dime. This revolutionary camera core is poised to equip a new generation of mobile and handheld devices, as well as small fixed-mount camera systems, with thermal imaging capabilities never seen before. Lepton contains a breakthrough lens fabricated in wafer form, along with a microbolometer focal plane array (FPA) and advanced thermal image processing. In order to support the lepton and make it easy to use, we have developed a breakout board to support the module along with example source code. Please see the Lepton Thermal Camera Breakout Datasheet for more information.
I want one!
Get a fully tested Shuttered Lepton Camera with a breakout board at GroupGets.com.
At this time we highly suggest using the PureThermal boards to interface to the lepton. this converts the Lepton's SPI-like protocol to a standard UVC USB webcam. Unless you plan to integrate the lepton onto custom hardware the Pure Thermal is a better solution for experimenting and building applications for the lepton. There are three form factors to pick from, PT1, PT2, and PTmini.
Learn More About Lepton
Please Review the:
Some code is posted on github for capturing an image using a raspberry pi
Some code for the Arduino DUE
A Group has been created to discuss the FLIR Lepton Module. https://groups.google.com/d/forum/flir-lepton
Photo Taken with the module
Video Taken with the module
Where to buy.
FLIR Lepton Modules:
We are working with GroupGets.com, A crowd-funding site for buying stuff. This will allow you to buy just a single module (or more).
part numbers: 5500-0643-00, 00-0659-01,500-0690-00
Tested and assembled Boards and modules are sold at GroupGets.com.
What if I just want something closer to a finished product?
Check out the FLIR Demo Camera.
More Information and links
Reverse Engineering of the Lepton Module and protocol and pin-out
A great post on using the lepton, and how it works.
Using the low cost STM32F3discovery board.
The pin-out lines up directly to an Arduino-compatible header. Power can be fed in through AREF.
Note: The Due SPI lines are not mapped the same as the other Arduinos.
Note2: The UNO Arduino is not fast enough (unless coding in assembly) to capture an image.
A sparkfun review
Electron Microscope image of the Lepton