India Develops Thermal Imaging Device

A team of scientists from IIT-Bombay has developed India’s first infrared sensors for thermal imaging.

Thermal imaging is a method of improving visibility of objects in a dark environment by detecting the objects’ infrared radiation and creating an image based on that information.

The research was started in 2010 with funding from the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

This technology can be used for a range of applications such as night vision, surveillance and — going beyond military and security operations — even in the detection of cancers.

This project could, perhaps, be the first significant development in the push for indigenous military equipment production.

Thermal images are normally grayscale in nature: black objects are cold, white objects are hot and the depth of gray indicates variations between the two.