Devices Archives - Vermont Republic https://vermontrepublic.org/tag/devices/ Second Vermont Republic Tue, 09 Feb 2021 10:39:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://vermontrepublic.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/cropped-LogoSample_ByTailorBrands-1-32x32.jpg Devices Archives - Vermont Republic https://vermontrepublic.org/tag/devices/ 32 32 Thermal Scanners for the Police, Fire Department and Home Security – 2023 Guide https://vermontrepublic.org/thermal-scanners/ Mon, 08 Feb 2021 23:09:30 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=3943 The thermal scanner is a device that measures heat or infra-red energy. These devices may be standalone, part of a network, or portable equipment. There are a few inexpensive devices for your average consumer to use, as well as numerous other gadgets for high-end consumers. Thermography is the science behind a thermal scanner, which detects …

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The thermal scanner is a device that measures heat or infra-red energy. These devices may be standalone, part of a network, or portable equipment. There are a few inexpensive devices for your average consumer to use, as well as numerous other gadgets for high-end consumers. Thermography is the science behind a thermal scanner, which detects infra-red, or heat radiation. There are many high-end products that are useful for certain market segments of consumers for work or play utilization. There are many ways that the science behind the thermal scanner could be placed into use for you; there are useful applications for thermal scanners for many people.

The infra-red ray reader or heat reader may be used in a variety of different applications. Doctors and nurses might use a thermal scanner as a way of taking your body temperature. A security checkpoint might look for a gun or weapon by way of using a thermal scanner. A home inspector might use a thermal scanner to test the efficiency of your home’s insulation.

How These Scanners Work

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How a thermal scanner works is this, it senses heat rays, or infra-red rays, much like a radar scanner detects motion, or a camera detects like. There are thermal scanners that cost $35, and there are thermal scanners that cost $200,000. There are numerous types and models of thermal scanners sold specifically for use by small or medium-sized businesses or for upscale consumers, mainly those with home-based businesses.

Why you might need a thermal scanner, as a consumer is less than a complex need, for instance, thermal scanners that take body temperature are generally faster and more efficient than traditional thermometers are. Also, if you are a dog, cat, bird, or horse breeder who must look for live animals on a regular basis, you might want to obtain a set of thermal scanning sunglasses for yourself, as a way of finding a missing pet. These sunglasses were available at the Sharper Image website last year. Or, you might want to try a hand-held or pocket thermal scanner to achieve the same goal of finding a live object.

Scanners, bar-code scanners, the Nielsen scanner, the pay-per-use scanner concept. Our household was accepted into this experiment; however, the machine was returned to the sender prior to me being able to examine it or use it. Not accepting the bar code reader, the household was not sent the beta-test of the infra-red scan thermometer, either, for home use. Thermal scanning is a technology in extensive research and development as well as home-use beta-testing that a few select companies are giving to consumers in exchange for their evaluation services of the product.

There are thermal image cameras, and these are infra-red or similar devices. These cameras may be used for tomographic imaging. Certain types of topographical scanners rely on infra-red wavelengths, or heat wavelengths, to generate photographic images. Some fire departments are using airborne thermal scanners, and they have also been used by satellites.

Scanners You can Purchase

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After a few brief searches for a thermal scanner that you could definitely use in your home, I found one, an infra-red ear thermometer. This thermal scanner thermometer, manufactured by the Braun corporation is an infrared thermoscan ear thermometer. This is a consumer or medical clinic thermometer (if your clinic purchases the necessary thermometer protectors, and sterilization agents to shield the patients from germs). The Braun IRT 3020, Model BRAIRT3020/B000FJCZRC, is sold at Goodman’s, Amazon.com, and Today’s concept on-line stores, as well as some medical supply stores. This was not any of the thermal scanners that I initially had in mind; however, it works. There are also arm or wrist cuff thermometers that integrate a thermal scanner into the device. The price range for this thermal scanner is $32 – $76. There are practical applications for the use of the infrared thermometer using infra-red thermal scanning technologies for the healthy as well as the not-so-healthy person at a clinic or at their home.

The NIST Traceable Thermometer Model #4481 costs $59, at Control 3, and works extremely rapidly. This is a thermometer that looks like a laser pointer and works almost as quickly. This is a scientific thermometer used for commercial applications. The Control 3 Corporation has a full product line of thermal scanner thermometers. The Control 3 Traceable Thermometer Model #4475 is a pocket-sized thermometer, which is fast and accurate, a useful tool for hospitality workers, the price of which starts at $35.27. This company even manufactures a thermal scan “gun” model thermometer, that will take the temperature of objects that are 25 feet or more away. The Traceable Thermometer Model #4483-4484 costs $199 and is useful for many applications, such as locating people or animals.

Remote sensors are a type of thermal scanning device, though not all thermal scanners are remote sensors. Nor are all remote sensors thermal scanners. There have been recent advances in the development of the thermal scanner; technology for this device has been increasing steadily over the past decade.

Thermal scanners for security purposes

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TheSago iPat, and aPatsenses heat that is not in the infrared range, this is a “hot” product in the security market, as it detects cool zones or mylar fabric sheets, or plastic insulation sheets that sometimes successfully throw off traditional metal detectors. These are practical products for concerts, sports performances, and other venues where people gather en masse.

SAGO advertisement for the iPat and aPat and other products in the line of infrared and heat scanners more frequently finding items such as hidden iPods and electronic organizer than weapons. However, the discovery of a hand grenade even once is worth the purchase of this product.

A person can now take their temperature with two or three heat scanners simultaneously, one in the ear, one around an arm, while observing the outside temperature with thermal sunglasses, and measuring radar activity with a roof-mount radar with dual thermal scanning.

A person with a lot of disposable cash is even able to purchase their very own solar-powered satellite with a thermal scanner and photographic capabilities and watch their family’s driving habits on the highway. It’s a great way to keep track of your family, I guess, although not a practical idea for your average homeowner.

It’s very different from the police scanner too, which can do more than just tracking police officers, fire departments, and other disaster response teams. With a police scanner, you can even listen to radio messages between policemen and responders to monitor any possible situation in your local community for security purposes. For further reading about this, RatedRadarDetector discusses some of the best police scanner models, their uses, benefits, and importance. Now let’s go back to the thermal application.

Availability of Thermal Scanners

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Energy Star is an arm of the Environmental Protection Agency, which does joint ventures with several of the branches of the Executive branch of the federal government. You, dear reader, had best believe that there are stockpiles of all sorts of thermal scanners within various agencies of the federal government. Some of these devices are now available to consumers.

The Motorola Corporation also manufactures a variety of equipment, some of this exclusively for law enforcement, other items, such as the hand-held bar code scanner, relying on a technology similar to the thermal scanner, Motorola manufactures for consumer use.

Some astronomical observatory equipment includes a thermal scanner, in this case, an infra-red telescope. This is above and beyond anything that you will probably be needed for your home or business. However, we thought you might like to see what an infra-red telescope one looks like, just in case your grandchildren want one. There are reasons for infra-red and heat scanners being pointed out towards the skies, these could be big reasons, or small reasons, however, we need to be aware of these things.

There are even sunglasses for sale for less than $200 with built-in thermal scanners, somewhere, although, the $199 Tag Heuer matte black infra-red sunglasses being sold on eBay as of this writing are probably infra-red blockers, not infra-red observing sunglasses. Do people who use infra-red scanners extensively need infra-red blocking sunglasses? I’m not a professional optometrist, however, I would think this to be the case.

You might be thinking of all the interesting ways that a thermal scanner could be used for everything from checking where there are heat leaks in a vehicle or home, to checking the temperature of your morning coffee. Thermal scanners are not children’s toys; however, the price of some of these gizmos and gadgets is now at the point where most teenagers, as well as a few children, are now able to purchase these items. Responsible use of these thermal scanners is absolutely necessary, especially around impressionable people such as children.

Other Thermal Scanning Applications

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A lot of people want thermal cameras, which are devices that are much more expensive, and similar in nature to thermal scanners. Thermographic scanners are, in some cases, as inexpensive as any electronic gadget, and are useful things with several practical applications for a significant market segment of consumers. Thermal scanners are a more practical business expense than a thermal camera would be. Thermal cameras are able to detect flaws in the structure of things such as house insulation, motor insulation, boat waterproofing, or window sealings; however, these are more expensive than a similar grade of thermal scanner would be. I would recommend a thermal camera only for a large business or successful photography studio.

Not everyone is happy with the proficiency of all thermal scanning devices, especially as used on humans for medical applications. Ruaridh Owen’s research, Thermography not Accurate in Diagnosing (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)…aptly describes some of the deficiencies of thermal imaging for pediatric medicine applications, where three dimensions are involved, as in the mapping of fat and skin tissue on and in a child’s face. Medical applications are a bit more than the scope of what this article will cover for the applications of thermal scanners for consumers, small or medium-sized businesses.

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10 smart home gadgets you need when moving https://vermontrepublic.org/10-smart-home-gadgets-you-need-when-moving/ Wed, 24 Jul 2019 22:51:19 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=1401 We live in the 21st century where smart home gadgets are a must-have. They are very affordable, and there are plenty of them. When you are moving into your new home, we suggest you purchase some of the smart home gadgets that we are going to mention. They will make your life much easier, and …

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We live in the 21st century where smart home gadgets are a must-have. They are very affordable, and there are plenty of them. When you are moving into your new home, we suggest you purchase some of the smart home gadgets that we are going to mention. They will make your life much easier, and when it is time to move out, these smart home gadgets will boost the value of your home. If you want to know more, stick around and hear all you need to know about the best smart home gadgets you need when moving into a new home.

  1. Security cameras that you can check from your phone wherever you are

Safety should be your number one priority. That’s why the first few items on our list of 10 smart home gadgets you need when moving are related to safety. And the first thing ion the list are the security cameras. Whether you want them or not, security cameras are a necessity. You never know when something can go wrong, and it is better to be able to check what exactly happened than to guess and worry. Installing security cameras also works great as a discouragement for robbers. Once they see the cameras, they are less likely to break in. If you live in a house, make sure the cameras are facing all sides of your home. And if you live in an apartment, one in front of your door and one inside will be more than enough. 

There are some smart security cameras that contact your phone if they detect movement while you are away.

2. Smart lock

Has this ever happened to you – you walk out of your home, close and lock the door, sit in your car, maybe you even arrive at your destination, and then you ask yourself “did I lock my front door?”. And then you either worry the whole time, or you go back to check, and in most cases, the door is locked. Well, this won’t happen to you if you have smart locks. There are many versions of smart locks.

You just have to find what suits best for you. Some locks allow doors to open only from the inside without a key. Some locks can lock themselves if you leave your home and forget to lock them. But almost all of these smart locks are connected to wifi and you can check if they are locked at any time. This smart home gadget is great for elderly people that have problems with memory, and it’s one of the best gadgets in 2019.

3. Smart smoke alarm

A smart smoke alarm will contact your phone if it detects fire in your home. It is very simple to install, and it doesn’t cost much money, but it can save your life and your home. The best part about this that you don’t have to take out a loan to have this.

4. Smart speaker

Smart speakers are very popular, and you can choose from many of them. Amazon Echo is the most popular one. They work like little robots, helping you with simple tasks around the house like changing the channel, playing music, reminding you about some events and tasks you have to do, etc. Big Apple Movers Brooklyn NYC say that they see the Alexa smart speaker in 8 out of 10 homes they move.

5. A smart plug that tracks energy use

Keep track of how much energy you are using in your new home with a smart home gadget made to help you with just that. This gadget will let you monitor your energy use, so you’re not surprised by that first electricity bill. This is good to have if you are moving internationally, for example.

6. A gadget that makes your wifi better

If you move to a bigger home, the chances are your wifi might not work great in all parts of your new home. Luckily, there is a home gadget for that. It intensifies your wifi making it work great in all parts of your home.

7. Smart pet food dispenser

A great smart home gadget for you furry friend is a smart pet food dispenser. You simply pour your dogs or your cats’ food into the food dispenser and set when it will dispense the food. This is great for those of you who work a lot or travel a lot to and back from work. It is also a great and unique gift idea.

8. Smart home light controlling

Controlling the lights at home from your phone seemed impossible ten years ago, but it is possible now. It’s a great gadget to keep your home safe as nobody will know that you are not at home if you turn on the lights from your phone. It’s also a good gadget to have if you own a pet. You don’t want your pet to be in the dark if you get stuck in traffic on your way back home from work.

9. Smart home devices

There are smart home devices on the market such as smart washing machine, smart fridge, smart stove. And they might seem useless at first, but they aren’t. Being able to turn on your washing machine from your work is great. Being able to check if there is any milk left in the fridge is even better. These devices have a higher price but have in mind that smart technology isn’t easy to make.

10. An alarm clock that drowns out the noise

It might sound strange, but yes, there is an alarm clock that drowns out the noise. This clock has a built-in white noise generator which allows you to sleep better. You can also connect it to your Spotify. 

The good part about all of these is that they are portable smart gadgets if you decide to move and bring them with you.

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