Caterpillar’s New CAT S60 Smartphone Has A Thermal Camera Built-in

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Caterpillar, a name synonymous with industrial trucks, loaders and excavators have announced their own smartphone, dubbed the S60. Their smartphone comes pre-loaded with all the goodies you’d expect from a company like Caterpillar – a strengthened, die cast steel frame capable that exceeds the US Military’s 810G drop test specifications and water-resistance of up to 16 feet.

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But the biggest appeal of the S60 is the built-in thermal imager on the back that compliments a regular 13-megapixel camera. FLIR (forward looking infrared) cameras are specialist equipment that’s able to measure variations in temperature to produce an image. It’s extremely useful for construction, as you engineers and foremen can now find hot spots in areas that they’re working in, like a troublesome power conduit, for example.


As for the rest of the specs, it’s not the fastest phone out there, and obviously it’s not meant to be – 3,800mAh battery life, Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 4.7-inch HD display and a 5-megapixel front facing camera. The phone is expected to ship in May for around $600, or 28.5K.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.


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