Snooperscope is a Sony QX-like infrared camera that attaches to your smartphone

by Felix Esser

posted Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM EST


News from the world of gadgets that no-one really needs, but everybody wants. A new product has hit the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, and it's an infrared camera that attaches to your smartphone magnetically‒Sony QX-style. The Snooperscope sports an infrared-sensitive camera which is surrounded by infrared LEDs, and it sends the video it records wirelessly to your phone. The device is controlled from your smartphone via the Snooperscope app, which lets you record both video and still images.

The Snooperscope is derived from military-use infrared spotting scopes, but the developer stresses that it has "countless peacetime applications." As examples, they mention night vision that enables you to see in the dark, making Microsoft Kinect tracking spots visible (a very practical application as we find), looking through liquids and other materials that are opaque to visible light but not to infrared light, spotting nocturnal animals and so on. Below is a video demonstration of the Snooperscope's various practical applications.

The Kickstarter campaign aims to raise GBP 40,000, which translates to roughly US-$ 65,000 at current exchange rates. So far, the project has been backed by 725 people and raised almost GBP 35,000. With 13 more days to go, it seems very likely that the funding goal will actually be reached, if not surpassed. If you feel the Snooperscope is just the kind of gadget that you always wanted or needed, you can still get the Snooperscope at a reduced price by backing the project now. Once it hits final production, it will retail for US-$ 99.

(via Android Authority)