FLIR Maker Challenge deadline April 30; win a Lepton LWIR sensor and other prizes

April 24, 2018
The Challenge: Envision and create the coolest project possible with LWIR sensor products from FLIR.

The Challenge: Envision and create the coolest, most useful, and/or fun project imaginable combining Lepton 3.5 with the new PureThermal2 board with Thermal by FLIR from GroupGets!

The FLIR Lepton 3.5 is a radiometric-capable LWIR camera solution that is smaller than a dime, can fit inside a smartphone, and is ten times less expensive than a traditional IR camera. Using focal plane arrays of 160 x 120 active pixels, Lepton 3.5 easily integrates into native mobile-devices and other electronics as an IR sensor or thermal imager. The new PureThermal2 board with Thermal by FLIR is a breakout board that's purpose-built for use with the Lepton.

Come up with a fun, cool, useful, and/or unique project using this combo and you can win great prizes!

The Prizes

  • The five finalists all get a Lepton 3.5 and a PureThermal2 board with Thermal by FLIR to bring make idea come alive
  • The grand prize package include an expenses–paid trip to Santa Barbara to present the project to the FLIR Lepton Team and $500 gift card to GroupGets store

How It Works

  • Submit your project below between March 27th and April 30th, 2018
  • The top 5 ideas will become the Finalists and receive a Lepton 3.5 and a PureThermal2 board with Thermal by FLIR
  • Finalists build a prototype, upload their code to Github, and submit their project
  • The best of the finalists wins the grand prize package!

The Rules

  • Entries must be submitted online by 11:59PM PDT April 30th
  • Enter as many ideas as you like
  • Limited to U.S. residents
  • Finalists will be notified by email by May 4th
  • Finalists’ prototypes must be completed and project submission received by June 18th
  • Winner & runners up to be announced June 29th
  • Promotion of finalists and winner begins June 29th

Submit your idea by logging onto the website at and please review the challenge eligibility guidelines.


About the Author

Gail Overton | Senior Editor (2004-2020)

Gail has more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, product management, and editorial experience in the photonics and optical communications industry. Before joining the staff at Laser Focus World in 2004, she held many product management and product marketing roles in the fiber-optics industry, most notably at Hughes (El Segundo, CA), GTE Labs (Waltham, MA), Corning (Corning, NY), Photon Kinetics (Beaverton, OR), and Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA). During her marketing career, Gail published articles in WDM Solutions and Sensors magazine and traveled internationally to conduct product and sales training. Gail received her BS degree in physics, with an emphasis in optics, from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in May 1986.

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