Cat’s new S60 is the latest rugged flagship smartphone to bear the famed machinery brand, and it adds a pair of unique features: a Flir thermal imaging camera and the first waterproof rating to a depth of 5 meters for up to an hour.
What Cat has done is essentially absorb Flir’s standalone thermal camera into the body of the phone. The S60 uses the same sensor and performs the same functions: it produces a live thermal image, measures surface temperatures, and can record both stills and video. The resolution is limited to VGA (640 x 480), which hints toward the fact that it’s intended to primarily serve immediate and practical purposes. Cat’s examples include search and rescue missions, where bodies might be obscured by smoke or foliage, and police checking tyre temperatures to verify claims. Electricians and farmers also present a substantial overlap between the people likely to be interested in owning a rugged smartphone and having the potential to benefit from thermal imaging.
[via The Verge]