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The Ice Bucket Challenge Seen Through a Thermal Camera

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FLIR image via FLIR on Youtube

Videos of people dumping ice on their heads have taken over Youtube in the past two weeks as people take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but infrared imaging company FLIR gave the challenge a whole new look.

The ALS Association aims to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and has been promoting the Ice Bucket Challenge as a fundraiser. If someone nominates you to take the challenge, you either have to dump a bucket of ice water over your head or make a donation to the ALS Association. Thankfully, many people choose both, enduring the ice water and also making a donation, and it has netted the Association 145,918 new donors and $6.2 million more compared to last year.

FLIR Systems took the challenge, but added a twist by using their T640 infrared thermal camera to record each ice-water dump! Their Youtube video shows the ice water splashing down in a cold dark blue and coating each victim, but also washing away surprisingly quickly, leaving their skin temperature fairly unchanged. If you were scared to take the challenge, this is pretty good evidence that you can go for it without turning into an ice cube yourself!

Even though they took the plunge and accepted the challenge, FLIR also donated $6,000 to the ALS Association.

If you'd like to take the challenge, upload your video to social media with the hashtags #IceBucketChallenge or #strikeoutALS and make a donation at ALSA.org. Learn more about FLIR products at their website.

(Image via FLIR on Youtube)

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