The Infrared Street View is an award-winning project with an ambition to engage the public, especially youth, to create a thermal equivalent of Google’s Street View (Figure 1) in order to raise public awareness of energy efficiency and promote STEM education through citizen science. The project is based on affordable thermal cameras such as FLIR ONE that cost $100–200 (depending on the image resolution generated by the device) for educators and the SmartIR app that I have been developing to support science and education based on thermal vision.

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Fig. 1: Infrared Street View of Boston

Thanks to the funding from the National Science Foundation, we have begun the experimental infrared scanning of public sites on east and west coasts (Figure 2). We chose public sites to avoid potential issues related to the disclosure of thermal signatures of private properties (for those who are concerned about privacy of humans, pedestrians accidentally included in our thermal images are hardly identifiable by a viewer). The purpose in this pilot phase is to test our technologies in real-world settings and gather preliminary research data for thermal analysis. This blog post introduces our technologies and shows some rudimentary results. …


Charles Xie

Computational Scientist, Physicist, & Inventor at the Institute for Future Intelligence

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