View Full Version : Infrared Sensor Could Be Useful on Earth Too

2006-May-25, 04:27 AM
SUMMARY: The development of infrared detectors has been a boon to astronomy. Many objects in the Universe only reveal themselves when seen in the infrared spectrum; like planets forming within clouds of dust. NASA has developed an inexpensive alternative to previous infrared detectors, which could find many uses here on Earth. The detector is called a Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector (QWIP) array, and it could quickly spot forest fires, detect gas leaks, and have many other commercial uses.

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Mild mannered
2006-May-26, 10:02 AM
Dude in the picture looks like Ozzy Osbourne!!
But on a serious note - very cool

2006-May-27, 06:20 PM
Are they going to be cheap enough to use in toys? I have a bunch of ideas...