Seek Thermal's CompactXR Thermal Camera Awarded Popular Science “Best of What's New” for 2015

The CompactXR, with its military-proven technology, innovative design, and ability to read heat in total darkness, was among those selected in the Best Gadget category.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif - (November 18, 2015) –Seek Thermal today announced that the company’s CompactXR thermal image camera has received a prestigious Popular Science “Best of What's New” award in the Best Gadget category. Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year—breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories. The winners are awarded inclusion in the much-anticipated December issue of Popular Science, the most widely read issue of the year since the debut of Best of What's New in 1988. 

The CompactXR plugs directly into your iOS or Android device and in seconds, can detect temperatures from -40° up to 626° Fahrenheit – and pinpoint specific sources of heat instantly. The device features a narrow 20° field of view so that users can detect up to 1,800 feet away, making it perfect for use in hunting, the outdoors, or as a personal safety tool. The Compact XR works with a free app that also allows the user to capture and share videos and photos.

“The Best of What’s New awards honor the innovations that surprise and amaze us—those that challenge our view of what’s possible in the future,” said Cliff Ransom, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. “The award is Popular Science’s top prize, and the 100 winners—chosen from among thousands of nominees—are each a revolution in their respective fields.”

“It’s an honor to be selected by Popular Science as one of the best innovations of the year,” said Mike Muench, Chief Executive Officer of Seek Thermal. “This award is such a testament to the talented team here in Santa Barbara that works tirelessly to create products that are not only advancing the field of thermal image technology, but are working to make thermal imaging accessible to everyone.”

The Seek CompactXR thermal imager sells for $299 at and For Canadian product availability please visit our store locator and put in your postal code to find the nearest Canadian dealer selling Seek Thermal cameras.

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