As the 18th century British chemist Sir Humphry Davy put it, “nothing tends so much to the advancement of knowledge as the application of a new instrument.” True for infrared imaging, especially when it is used as an educational tool to advance students' science knowledge with first-hand experiences.
True to form, infrared cameras are becoming more affordable. For $1,195, you can now buy a brand new FLIR I3 (60x60 pixels) from Amazon. If you want to try one and happen to be in Massachusetts, rent one from Home Depot! The price of an I3 may fall below $1,000 next year, or an educational discount will make it do so.
I will showcase this technology at the 2011 Gordon Conference for Chemistry Education and the 2011 Gordon Conference for Visualization in Science and Education. Hope to see you there!