This is a great tool and can be used by many different groups. The temperature range is limited to 250C/482F so it probably isn’t useful pyromtery readings for molten metals, heat treating and really isn’t even high enough for annealing temps for most things.
But I’m sure where exact temperatures within it’s range are needed this is a fantastic tool. I can see it being useful in Science where exact temps are necessary (I’m thinking of distillation and separation points) and the ability to seen gradients in liquids for even temps. (How much body heat does a tarantula give off - can they be detected?) I think in automotive casing down leaks or tripping cicuits would be of great help. These were used widely at United Technologies in their Preventive Maintenance programs for detecting motors that were in early stages of wear both for bearings and windings (along with ultrasonic for bearings). I’m sure in tracing HVAC leaks or determining duct outlet temps this would be of great help. In 3D Fan used for checking nozzle temps: programmed vs actual. Of course they can be used in electronics - to what degree I’m no expert but it would they would be good at trouble shooting.
Read an article today they can be used in detecting lies by temperature changes in your nose! Might be great to have projected on a scene during meet the candidate meeting for the BoD or Chairs … or maybe they should be banned. Pinocchio effect
I see no reason it can’t stay in electronics - it like all tools could be checked out for use else where. This is a tool that has been talked about on and off over the last 3 years at least. I think it’s great we have a high quality tool. Art asked for input, apparently nothing of a higher priority was requested so this was chosen. I don’t think it a frivolous addition to DMS’s tools and capabilities.
I can think of some things I’d like to do using it in the Machine Shop when teaching milling: We talk about the effect that lubricants have on cutting temps - now when we demonstrate and show the change in real time. How cool will that be!