If you are among the folks who contributed to the $890 million box office gross for Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, you may have noticed—if you were paying close attention—that infrared imaging technologies from FLIR Systems were featured in the film.
Numerous scenes, including one from the point of view of a Transformer robot and one that shows thermal imaging of an "Autobot" robot trying to escape, featured the use of FLIR cameras. The cameras used in the movie were the Science 8300 (SC8300) camera, a Recon V, and T640 cameras. The FLIR SC8300 features a 1,344 x 784 pixel Indium Antimonide (InSb) detector with a 14 µm pixel pitch and a spectral range of 3 – 5 µm or 1.5 – 5 µm spectral range. The camera also features both GigE and Camera Link full interfaces, a 14-bit dynamic range, and a 132 Hz frame rate.
FLIR’s Recon V camera is a multi-sensor thermal binocular designed for military field operations. The Recon V features a 640 x 480 InSb sensor (along with a 320 x 240 mid-wave InSb sensor option) that features a spectral range of 3.4 – 5.1 µm and a 60 Hz frame rate.
The last camera used, the T640, features a 640 x 480 uncooled microbolometer focal plane array with a 7.5 – 14 µm spectral range. The camera also has a 30 Hz frame rate, WiFi connectivity, and 8X continuous zoom.
View a FLIR release, along with the movie trailer, here.
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