Seek Thermal's Compact XR Thermal Camera Awarded Popular Science "Best Of What's New" For 2015

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

Nov 18, 2015, 12:00 ET from Seek Thermal

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Seek Thermal today announced that the company's Compact XR 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 Compact XR plugs directly into your iOS or Android device and in seconds, can detect temperatures from -40 degrees up to 626 degrees Fahrenheit – and pinpoint specific sources of heat instantly. The device features a narrow 20 degrees 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 Compact XR thermal imager sells for $299 at,, select Home Depot stores nationwide, and Lowe's.

To view the complete list of winners, please visit

About Popular Science
Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the world's largest science and technology magazine; with a circulation of 1.3 million and 6.8 million monthly readers. Each month, Popular Science reports on the intersection of science and everyday life, with an eye toward what's new and why it matters. Popular Science is published by Bonnier Active Media, a subsidiary of Bonnier Corporation.

About Seek Thermal
Seek Thermal engineers, designs and manufacturers high quality thermal imaging products and core platforms for consumer, commercial, and heat sensing IoT data applications. With headquarters in Santa Barbara, California, the global hub of thermal imaging innovation, the company has developed breakthrough camera cores that will enable a range of affordable products for use at home, work and play. For more information visit and follow #seekthermal on Instagram and @seekthermal on Twitter.

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