“Black Friday Sale” and “Mil-Spec” are two phrases that I didn't ever imagine I would see together in the same sentence, and yet such are the times we are living in...
Our friends and supporters at FLIR wanted us to alert all of you to the fact that they are offering $500 off the price of several of their Vue thermal imaging cameras, designed specifically for the sort of drone applications you've seen us demonstrate for years.
If you're interested in picking up a FLIR Vue, it's hard to imagine getting a price much better than this: you can get a 640-pixel resolution, 30-Hz camera for $2,695.
I get that $2,700 isn't pocket change unless your daily commute involves a private jet, but when we got started a couple of years ago, that same system (without all of the new features that make it painless to integrate into your existing FPV hardware) would have cost $10,000 – so that price seems almost unreal to me.
So, if you'd like to leave a hint for a well-heeled friend or loved one, "accidentally" leave your browser window open to this link.
Also, bear in mind that this sale ends on Cyber Monday, so be sure to contrive a scenario so that they stumble across your not-so-subtle clue in the next couple of days.
If you'd like to know more about the FLIR Vue, here is the video review we did a little while back:
In the meantime, remember that good things come in small packages...