10 benefits of owning a thermal camera

Don’t have a thermal camera of your own yet? Here are 10 reasons why you should get one right now

Have you heard of IR thermal cameras but still aren’t sure how they work or how they can benefit you? It’s simple. The thermal infrared image allows you to view heat and how it’s distributed. The thermal camera detects infrared energy and converts it into an electronic signal, which is then processed and produces incredible thermal images that you can see. It has many uses which can be applied to prevent expensive repairs and save you money in the long run.

1. Checking radiant heat location in wires and pipes

Most pipes and wires are hidden from view. If you ever find yourself in a situation trying to find a broken heat pipe or checking if an electrical wire is properly insulated, a thermal camera can do that in 3 seconds.

Checking radiant heat location in wires and pipes

2. Save money on heating and cooling your home

Experts estimate that not having your home properly insulated can account for up to 50% of the total energy consumption in a family home. Heat is typically lost through bad window and door seals or badly insulated walls. If your home has this problem, (and many homes do) and are running an air conditioner or heat, then the cold/hot air will escape outside.

3. Electrical inspections

Electrical fires are extremely dangerous and can be prevented with regular checks of the walls for hot spots or failures of your fuse boxes and circuit boxes.

4. Detecting leaks

If your roof has a small leak it can go undetected until it’s too late and costly to fix.

5. Locating potential areas for mold to grow

Having mold in your home is a major pain to remove and a health hazard. It is much better to prevent any mold growth than having to deal with areas that already suffer from mold damage.

6. Checking your fridge, freezer and oven

With a thermal imaging device, you can be sure your cold and heating appliances are working as intended. A freezer that leaks cold air is costly in the long run.

7. Wide variety of cameras

There are many different varieties of IR thermal cameras available, from small devices that can be used with your phone to sturdy security cameras for constant outside use.

8. Diagnose your car

You can troubleshoot engine misfires and any A/C cooling issues.

9. Measure body temperature

Easily measure the body temperature of kids or adults to know if they have a fever.

10. Explore and have fun

The uses of IR thermal cameras are still being discovered and even begun to be fitted on drones.

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Indian Teen Develops World’s ‘Smallest’ Satellite- And NASA Is Launching It

NASA to launch 18-year-old Indian teen’s world smallest satellite on June 21

Of late, India has seen a lot of child prodigies emerging from its country. Be it Akrit Jaswal, the boy who performed his first surgery at the age of 7 or Kishan Shrikanth, recognized as the youngest director in the world by Guinness Book of World Records or Kautilya Pandit, an 8-year-old wonderkid with extraordinary memory, named as India’s “Google boy”.

This time around it is an 18-year-old boy, Rifath Sharook from Pallapatti town in Tamilnadu, India who has designed ‘KalamSat’, which is claimed to be the lightest and smallest satellite in the world for NASA.

Weighing just 64 grams, ‘KalamSat’, which is named after India’s nuclear scientist and former President, APJ Abdul Kalam, will be launched by on an SR-4 rocket from Wallops Space Flight facility at Virginia, U.S. on June 21. This is the first time ever that NASA would be conducting an Indian student’s experiment for its sub-orbital space flight.

So, how did Sharook’s experiment get through NASA? Sharook’s project, which is a first to be manufactured via 3D printing got selected through a contest, ‘Cubes in Space’, sponsored jointly by NASA and ‘I Doodle Learning’ organization.

Sharook said that the satellite is made of reinforced carbon fibre polymer. The mission phase of the space launch will be 240 minutes, during which the satellite will operate for 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment of space before it begins its downward route back towards the ocean. The aim of the project is to provide motivation to plan economical space missions in future.

“The main role of the satellite will be to demonstrate the performance of 3-D printed carbon fibre,” Sharook was quoted as saying by the Times of India (TOI).

The main challenge of the contest was to create an experiment that would fit into a four-metre cube and weight exactly 64 grams so that it can be flown to space.

He said, “We did a lot of research on different cube satellites all over the world and found ours was the lightest.”

Talking about his experience, Sharook said, “We designed it completely from scratch. It will have a new kind of onboard computer and eight indigenous built-in sensors to measure acceleration, rotation and the magnetosphere of the earth. We obtained some of the components from abroad and some are indigenous.”

As the satellite weighs less than 0.1 kg, it has fallen in the category of ‘femto’ group.

The Cubes in Space contest, in which Sharook’s lightweight satellite emerged as the winner in the Space Kidz India program, inspires students to design an experiment that could be sent to space.

“Our goal is to help kids from around the world learn to problem-solve, to get them inspired about learning, to learn skills and develop interests that will prepare them to succeed in the future,” its organizers say.

This is not the first time Sharook has invented something unique. In 2015, he had launched a 1,200g helium weather balloon into the atmosphere.

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10 must have apps for programmers if they want to be professional

10 applications programmers should know about

As all programmers know hardware and software on your machine of choice plays a very critical role in your programming life. You cannot code if your machine just cannot live up to the demands nor can you be productive if the software tools that you use aren’t optimal. Today, we’re gonna target one of these segments by revealing a few tools you should consider using for your coding requirements.

DroidEdit

This editor definitely demands a look if you are an Android developer. Packed with features including deep search and shortcuts it also comes in-built with code highlighting for C++, Java & Ruby.

AIDE

Sticking to Android programming, another editor worth taking note of is AIDE. The standout feature of this is the speed with which it lets you transfer code from your Eclipse Project onto your Android device.

Syntax Highlighted Code Editor  

Syntax Highlighted Code Editor is the editor quite a few web developers are familiar with. This editor is very comfortable for programmers who like to work on their code through their smartphones. With its syntax highlighting features , it lets you work with HTML, CSS, PHP, C, C++ and more seamlessly.

C4droid

If C is your language of choice then C4droid should be your editor of choice. This editor makes use of the GNU based architecture and GCC collection Framework.

Algoid

This is an editor you need to install if you like programming on your smartphone. It includes a real time debugger along with a scope explorer providing step by step execution. Algoid is genuinely turn your smartphone into a programming work station.

Programming Hub

This should be a goto editor for prgrammers who are still in the learning phase. More so if your language of choice includes either python, Assembly, HTML, C, VB.NET, C++, programmingC#, JavaScript, PHP or Java Programming then this is the app for you.

Udacity

If you’re new to programming, you’ll often find yourself getting stuck. That’s when Udacity comes along with its free video courses. It’s always beneficial to have something to fall back on when you’re still learning to code.

C++ Programming

The case for this editor is the C++ Tutor that contains 140 Programs alongside common FAQs. With an easy interface, this is a good editor.

Programmer Keyboard

While we’ve mentioned quite a few editors to code on your smartphone, one concern popping in your mind, would’ve been the keyboard. Its not easy to code on a touch screen device especially with keyboards desgined towards texting rather than coding. This is where the Programmer keyboard comes in. This app provides you with keys such as arrows and Ctrl+A that aren’t available on traditional smartphone keyboards.

DroidScript Programming IDE

This is a Java based IDE that lets you use your computer as the remote IDE over Wi-Fi. It supports a whole range of capabilities including GPS, compass, accelerometer along with native HTML controls.

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