Mini Thermal Camera

Build a mini thermal imaging camera with Adafruit PyBadge and MLX90640 IR Thermal Camera breakout. Record and analyze images for revealing the heat in circuits, machines and even humans!

PyBadge & MLX90640

The IR thermal camera sensor uses the STEMMA QT connection so it easily plugs into the Adafruit PyBadge.

An external slide switch is used to power the circuit on and off. A metal ball button is used for reset.

A 3.7V 320mAh battery connects directly making this a portable project with rechargeable USB.

Prerequisite Guide

This learn guide covers the 3D printing of the enclosure and assembly only. Follow the learn guides below to get the PyBadge board setup with code.

Parts

1 x PyBadge
Feather Compatible Dev Board
1 x MLX90640 Breakout
IR Thermal Camera
1 x 420mAh Battery
3.7V Lipoly
1 x Slide Switch
Breadboard Friendly
1 x Metal Ball Button
6mm x 10 pack
1 x Stemma Cable
4-pin jST PH to JST SH cable
1 x Tripod Screw
3/8" to 1/4" screw adapter
1 x Mini Tripod
Portable folding desktop stand
1 x M2.5 Hardware
M2.5 Screw and Nut Kit – 4x M2.5 x 16mm

Adafruit PyBadge for MakeCode Arcade, CircuitPython or Arduino

PRODUCT ID: 4200
What's the size of a credit card and can run CircuitPython, MakeCode Arcade or Arduino? That's right, its the Adafruit PyBadge! We wanted to see how much we...
$34.95
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4-pin JST PH to JST SH Cable - STEMMA to QT / Qwiic

PRODUCT ID: 4424
Are you a maker in the midst of a STEMMA dilemma? This 200mm long 4-wire...
$0.95
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Silicone Cover Stranded-Core Ribbon Cable - 10 Wire 1 Meter Long

PRODUCT ID: 3890
For those who are fans of our silicone-covered wires, but are always looking to up their wiring game. We now have Silicone Cover Ribbon cables! These may look...
$3.95
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Adafruit MLX90640 IR Thermal Camera Breakout

PRODUCT ID: 4407
You can now add affordable heat-vision to your project and with an Adafruit MLX90640 Thermal Camera Breakout. This sensor contains a 24x32 array of IR thermal sensors. When connected...
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Lithium Ion Polymer Battery with Short Cable - 3.7V 420mAh

PRODUCT ID: 4236
Lithium ion polymer (also known as 'lipo' or 'lipoly') batteries are thin, light and powerful. The output ranges from 4.2V when completely charged to 3.7V. This battery...
$6.95
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Breadboard-friendly SPDT Slide Switch

PRODUCT ID: 805
These nice switches are perfect for use with breadboard and perfboard projects. They have 0.1" spacing and snap in nicely into a solderless breadboard. They're easy to switch...
$0.95
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Metal Ball Tactile Button (6mm) x 10 pack

PRODUCT ID: 3347
Add some steely elegance to your project with these Metal Ball Tactile Buttons. They've got a nice industrial shine to them along with a light blue...
$5.95
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Camera and Tripod 3/8" to 1/4" Adapter Screw

PRODUCT ID: 2392
Whaddya got a screw loose or something?This 3/8" to 1/4" Adapter Screw is super handy if you're building projects that...
$1.50
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This guide was first published on Apr 24, 2020. It was last updated on Apr 24, 2020.
This page (Overview) was last updated on Aug 09, 2020.