Top Tools of 2016: #6

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seekMy number 6 pick for 2016 is the SEEK CompactPro thermal imager for iPhone & Android. I’ve been using this tiny little powerhouse of an imager for months and each time I’m impressed at not only the advancement of thermal imaging technology and accompanying software but the many levels in which interested buyers can get their hands on these useful tools.

I use the iPhone model but both models and software are identical in their operation and capabilities. The CompactPro imager has a 320×240 pixel thermal sensor and a 32 degree field of view. There are plenty of other imagers out there with robust, impressive hardware stats but let me remind everyone that this is a pocket-sized device that quickly attaches to your phone or mobile device.

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-9-41-36-amWhat’s most impressive about the SEEK CompactPro to me is the software within the free download app. I have been using other thermal imagers that offer different features, some I may even consider better but the app for the SEEK unit is definitely my favorite. The video mode and various measurement configurations and settings are piled high in the powerful app software and in comparison to others on the market this one is the best in my opinion.

The retail pricing I’ve found online for the CompactPro is $499. Similar imagers are priced lower but the software included in the package offer up some explanation for the cost difference now that I’ve ad my hands on it for a while. I’m not sure if this cost will be sustainable given the market already has a big name competitor offering a similar device for less. More on that unit later.


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