While this is slightly off-topic for this blog, I've been following Muoptics effort at Indiegogo to collect funds for an affordable IR camera project. As far as I know, this is the first attempt to crowdsource a camera company. So far, the project has been able to collect a little over $6.5K in a week since it has started. Looks too slow to reach their $200K target till March 10th. Below is Vimeo video describing the idea:
PR.com: CTO, Charles McGrath states that, "we can get the retail price of the Mμ Thermal Imager down to $325 initially and with enough orders from the big box retailer we think we may even cut that price considerably. Another goal is to double the resolution within a year."