Cat has launched its latest device, which the company has dubbed the “The world’s first smartphone with an integrated thermal camera, and the world’s most waterproof smartphone.”
According to the company, the Cat S60 includes an embedded Lepton Thermal Microcamera Module, powered by FLIR, which visualises heat that is invisible to the naked eye, highlighting temperature contrasts. It is accessed on the S60 via the specially designed MyFLIR app which brings a rich range of features for capturing and analysing thermal imagery, unique among smartphones. The Cat S60’s thermal camera allows Cat phone users to detect heat loss around windows and doors; spot moisture leaks and missing insulation; identify over-heating electrical appliances and circuitry; and see in complete darkness.
“Since we unveiled the product in February, our team has been in the field, gathering feedback and generating multiple test cases amongst our varied target audiences. From plumbers to horse trainers, architects to site managers, firemen to park rangers, we have been putting the S60 through its paces and the feedback has been overwhelming,” said Peter Stephens, CEO Bullitt Group, global mobile device licensee for Caterpillar. “We have also engaged the developer community, sponsoring a Hackathon to bring thermal imaging capabilities to a whole host of relevant apps – and we will launch the Cat S60 thermal camera SDK in the coming days, initially through an early developer program, for which there has been substantial demand.”
Having a thermal camera integrated into the mobile device, according to the company, provides endless time-saving efficiencies from on-the-job report generation to email integration. Only having to carry one device around that has all the capabilities of a high end smartphone, plus can detect and measure surface temperatures, will enable a huge range of use cases for building professionals, utility workers, emergency first responders and gadget lovers, to name but a few.
The Cat S60 is, according to the company, capable of withstanding depths of up to five meters of water for one hour. The physical buttons can be used underwater to access the camera and video camera, pushing the boundaries of mobile technology, and how and where it’s used.
The Cat S60 will be available at a recommended retail price of R12,999, or on contract with selected network operators.