James White
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Smartphone Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera
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Wondering what others think of Flir's infrared thermal imaging camera that fits on the back of an iPhone, and supposedly later this year, on Android phones.  I believe the price is around $350.…Continue

Tags: smartphone, android, iphone, camera, infrared

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Heidner Feb 13.

Russian Wood Stoves (Masonry Stoves)
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While reading an article in the Alaska Magazine yesterday, I came upon a reference to Russian wood stoves (Pechka) that were commonly used to heat the typical Russian cabin.  The stoves were…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeena Smith May 9, 2013.

The Coming Energy Implosion
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I got this idea from my good friend Mike Nelson, the Obi-Wan Kenobi of solar in Washington state, who predicts that new technologies and behavior changes are coming together in ways that are going to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by James White Jan 20, 2012.

 

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James White replied to Jennifer Weiss's discussion Looking for Residential Energy Usage Data Tracking Alternatives
"Hello Jennifer, You may be looking for a more automated approach, but here is what I use for identifying energy effieincy improvements that have been made to homes.  I work for in the energy efficiency department of our electric utility and we…"
Mar 13
James White replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion How to determine HDD's and "savings" from furnace upgrade
"I would not paint all "high efficiency furnaces" as fraudulent based on this one instance.  It would be interesting to see before and after billing histories of other homes that have installed high efficiency furnaces."
Mar 11
James White replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion How to determine HDD's and "savings" from furnace upgrade
"One more graph for you to look at.  I revised the actual read dates as you suggested and added the dates for the past six months of reads to show how they compare with previous years' data.    In this case, the new furnace…"
Mar 10
James White replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion How to determine HDD's and "savings" from furnace upgrade
"Hello Bob, Rather than heating dergree days (HDD), I much prefer to work with average monthly temperatures.  The average temperatures can be easily determined for each specific billing period.  The plot below shows your energy use before…"
Mar 7
Dennis Heidner replied to James White's discussion Smartphone Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera
"Good point.   The low cost iPhone cameras are also opportunities for teaching moments.  It is easy to construct cases in which the user or the camera might produce "incorrect" results because the operator wasn't looking for…"
Feb 13
Gerald Shechter replied to James White's discussion Smartphone Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera
"Decentralization sometimes has some pitfalls. Now that "everybody" might be able to afford an IR set up on their mobile phone, there may be a lot more "experts" out there dispensing information that may not be quite…"
Feb 13
Peter replied to James White's discussion Smartphone Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera
"Great idea, but l would caution that using thermal imaging for diagnostics requires a good deal of training. Using the camera is pretty easy, interpreting the images in a useful way is not. That is why doctors send X-rays to specialists to read and…"
Feb 13
Dennis Heidner replied to James White's discussion Smartphone Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera
"The resolution and sensitivity of the kickstarter version -- makes it mostly a novelty.  Mu Optics is now nearly seven months behind their original estimated delivery schedule,  I'm they will finally deliver a year after their…"
Feb 10
Frazer Dougherty replied to James White's discussion Smartphone Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera
"There is already an android IR attachment - http://www.instructables.com/id/EHQJMVEH6DWPRGU/?lang=en, not quite as sophisticated as the Flir One - no on-board temps, but cheaper ... Agreed with the earlier comments about 'just…"
Feb 10
Dennis Heidner replied to James White's discussion Smartphone Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera
"You can still modify standard cameras to operate in the near infrared range.  I have several.  They are not useful for producing the embarrassing images as suggested.  Those devices were night vision movie camera's  and they…"
Feb 9
Bud Poll replied to James White's discussion Smartphone Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera
"How many time have we heard a home owner speak poorly about the energy audit they recently had, only to discover upon further questioning that it was far from a real audit.  From that faux audit that home owner will tell everyone who will…"
Feb 7
Rob Buchanan replied to James White's discussion Smartphone Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera
"But your underlying point, Bud, is a valid one. Since this is, for all intents and purposes, a cheap thermal imager, how many clowns will buy one with no training whatsoever (not even taking the time to do free webinars)? How many will make…"
Feb 7
Eric Wu replied to James White's discussion Smartphone Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera
"Is this product fit a particular android phone or universal fit any android phone?"
Feb 5
Phil Camman replied to James White's discussion Smartphone Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera
"Amazing application for iPhone and Android smartphones. Flir is a great company specializing in thermal imaging, night vision, infrared camera and optical innovations."
Feb 4
Bud Poll replied to James White's discussion Smartphone Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera
"It will be interesting to see how society reacts this time to the wide spread use of infrared cameras.  Last time it forced an entire industry to modify all standard cameras in such a way as to not be able to remove the IR filters.  An IR…"
Feb 3
Griffin Hagle replied to James White's discussion Smartphone Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera
"It's great to see tools like this becoming more accessible. There's a startup called Mu Optics that has been developing something very similar for a couple of years now. Glad to see FLIR hasn't been idle; it'll be interesting to…"
Feb 3

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Chelan County Public Utility District
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Doctorate in Engineering, Energy Management, P.E. Mechanical Engineer
Professional Interests
I run the commercial and industrial energy efficiency program for our electric utility, but assist with residential conservation program as well. I am interested in all aspects of commercial, residential and industrial energy efficiency. Currently experimenting with Matlab and Simulink to model building energy consumption in ways that existing computer models cannot come close to replicating. Have also developed simplified methods for analyzing residential and commercial energy use and conservation potentials using monthly gas and electric bills, combined with average monthly temperatures and square footage. Former Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA)board member. Also interested in all things solar. I organized and started the world's only solar drag race. Working with local high school students, we will attempt to set the world speed record for a solar-only powered vehicle during the summer of 2011 at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
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