Infrared Cameras, Weather Stations, and Data Loggers: Technology We’re Thankful For

According to a report from the BBC London, infrared technology is being used to mend potholes ahead of winter. The machines using the technology can cover the potholes in eight minutes. It’s only one of the many ways infrared technology has influenced everything from science to crime-fighting to home inspections.Thermal_Technology

Even NASA has used infrared technology to track the strength of storms.

Weather enthusiasts, farmers, firefighters, and educators have access to sophisticated weather stations that tell them if rain is on the horizon, what the wind chill is, and even if mildew is likely to appear on their fruit trees.

With easier installation and improved accuracy, weather stations are more accessible than ever and place meteorological data in the hands of anyone that needs (or wants) it.

When data collection is necessary, there’s no easier way than using a data logger. For those keeping track of temperature and humidity for HVAC systems or even in museums, the data logger is a compact and economical way to log the stats and stay on track. For crucial monitoring, such as food temperatures, some loggers include an alarm to alert users when the temperature has fallen out of range.

Although most are roughly the size of a thumb drive, their sensors are powerful enough to measure relevant data from a few minutes to a few months, depending on their storage capabilities. Downloading the data is also convenient through a variety of channels from wireless to USB.

As we approach Thanksgiving Day in the US, these are just three types of technology that we’re thankful for: their convenience and relative low-cost has improved our daily lives and made a diversity of tasks easier.

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