In SHOT Show’s new exhibitor area, we ran into Inteliscope showing off their wares. They’re making a smart phone rifle mount that contains a SEEK Thermal Compact camera and a ballistics-calculating scope app to go with it. The end result is pretty darn slick.
Thermal and daylight display options are quick and easy to switch between. The user can record, take photos, and more.
The mount itself holds the phone for use as a display, while the SEEK camera does the actual seeing. Zero is maintained even with the phone coming on and off, as the SEEK camera is mounted securely in place. Zeroing is accomplished quite easily through the app interface.
The app stores hundreds of ballistic solutions, and you can input your own as well. Once your projectile behavior is selected, the reticle will offer holdover markings and solutions for various range inputs. It also cants automatically to stay perfectly vertical and adjusts its solutions based on angle.
A bow mount is also available. You can buy an Intelisite thermal riflescope for under $500. Pretty cool.
And phones are expected to withstand the shock of firing? Color me skeptical.
My thoughts as well.
“Hello apple care? Do you cover recoil?”
300 Win Mag? Not so much. Suppressed 300 BLK? Probably hold up quite well – my iPhone has taken a beating on the job with no hiccups. After all, look at the all the electronics packed into even a cheap red dot sight, and most of them hold up just fine.
Red dots were designed for that shock.
Even if the phones are held securely on all four edges, the twisting and flexing forces just don’t seem at all good for that big a display.
That phone should light up the operator nicely at night.
Very true. Not really a solution for operational operators operating nocturnally. But for hog hunting or vermin elimination, it could be quite the ticket.
Lead pic looks like the scope’s zeroing in on some bewbs. We have to promise to only use this technology for good!?
I suspect you have not used a real TIC. Some would think a feature of a TIC rather than a failure is the identification of localized heat signature/s. ISG having the best TIC in the Fire Service/industry
I wonder if they’ll also support the FLIR camera. From what I read it has a somewhat better image.
It is very similar to the FLIR sensors that are both in the wild now. The Lepton is the cheaper of the units, with an under $100 total cost even in small quantities.
This will be outmoded in the next few months or so. Several of my DIY friends and I built mounts and did this a year+ ago when these devices dropped and became plentiful. The next generation is likely in beta, since I’ve already built myself a sensor and transparent OLED screen into a ‘holosight’ housing, I’m sure somebody with R&D money has this on it’s final polish, and about ready to roll.
Hi guys, Jason here – the inventor of the Inteliscope. We do get the recoil question a lot. We have actually sold nearly 4,000 of these and have never had a customer complaint about recoil damaging their phone. I have personally used this on my SR-25 (308), UTS-15 (12-gauge), AR-15, 45-Auto without any issues on all versions of iPhone up to 7+ and a couple of the newer Samsung’s including the Note. I am concerned about using the SEEK thermal camera without our bracket since the connector is fragile. As long as it is in the cradle it is safe. We are selling tons of these to hog hunters. the phone can be dimmed to very low light settings to increase battery life and significantly reduce the glowing effect on your face.
How is the phone secured to the chassis/cradle or whatever you want to call it? Friction fit using soft rubber pads? Clamped/bolted in place with rigid GRP brackets or similar? I work in an environmental test facility in the aerospace industry and do shock testing for Defense/Space electronics. The range of attenuation/amplificaiton (especially in the high-frequency shock regime) you can see based on small differences in material interfaces can be very surprising sometimes. Kinda curious how the phone mount accomplishes this.
I dunno, the bracket built by the DIY crowd a year+ ago separated the camera, and ran an extended cord back to the phone. Then the dev kits became cheap for the Lepton, and we figured how to solve it far smaller.
This is an old idea that is already gone extinct in the DIY community. The new/current stuff is what I talked about up above.
It is adorable that Jason thinks he “invented” something though. It was a blatantly obvious deployment of the product the minute it dropped nationally. At least a dozen geek/guys that I’ve spoken with over the last year or so fabbed their own solution to the mounts.
If you could hook it up with galaxy gear VR or some other smartphone based headset that would be great