Originally Posted by Evermind
Really amazed at how people don't "trust technology" in this case. If you put stuff in the fridge, it gets cold. If you put stuff in the microwave, it gets hot. There's no guesswork there. But snicko and hotspot say no edge, and people try to second guess the whole thing and think they know better.
Not unlike the creationism vs evolution debate. "Yeah, them dinosaurs was created by gawd in 5000 BC/are liberal propaganda".
Disagree to an extent. The IR cameras used for hotspot are uncooled (ambient temp which changes depending on where the game is being played, time of day, etc.) thermal cameras, image quality and resolution take a back-seat to cost savings. This isn't a big deal in most cases because C9 aren't trying to take precision measurements, just identify any heat changes visually and most edges are thick. But there will be thin edges that either the cam won't pick up or the person viewing the screen won't see and a continuum in between.
Not really analogous to your microwave example at all; microwaves work on the principle of dielectric heating/dipole rotation of water molecules, simple, effective, demonstrable. The practical realities and limitations of using FLIR aren't so simple.