Diagram of the new thermal imaging package
Scale of a microbolometer
The new chips could make thermal imagers standard issue for soldiers and police officers
The new chips can be used in thermal imagers for seeing in the dark
Technological advances aren't just about making new devices. Many times it's more a matter of taking an existing device and improving on it. A case in point is Raytheon’s work on a new thermal imaging chip that the company says will find so many applications due to it being so small and cheap, that it may make the humble flashlight obsolete.
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