Caterpiller has announced its new rugged Cat S60 mobile, which becomes the first smartphone with an integrated thermal camera. Once strictly an extremely expensive tool used only by law enforcement and the military, where thermal cameras are now accessible to anyone with a smartphone and a $250 accessory.
New Cat S60 has been introduced by Caterpillar with thermal imaging sensors built-in right into smartphones. The company says that is the world’s first waterproof smartphone since it is waterproof to depths of up to 5 meters for an hour, simply allowing it to be used as an underwater camera gadget. Techinically, the FLIR One thermal camera started life as a bulky case for the iPhone 5, later streamlined into a compact dongle that connected to the microUSB or Apple Lightning port on the bottom of iOS or Android phones.
With the CAT S60 smartphone, however, the Lepton sensor allows FLIR cameras to see in total darkness, which has finally been integrated into the device itself, side-by its standard rear camera. World’s first smartphone to feature an integrated thermal image sensor, The new Cat S60 measures at around slightly thicker than half an inch and of course not a deal breaker to targeted at the average consumer base who wants as sleek a device as possible to slip into their pockets.
As part of Caterpillar brand, essentially known for its bright yellow and monstrous construction machines, the CAT S60 designed for those two are used to dealing with big tools all day long. Not just the addition of the FLIR Lepton sensor, it also got a hefty 3800mAh battery, that are responsible for the smartphone’s grith.
The ensure the CAT S60 rugged enough machine that baers the Caterpillar name, features a strengthen dies cast steel frame inside, and is designed to exceed the military’s 810G drop test specifications. It houses a Gorilla Glass 4 display protection that actually helps device survive a drop onto a hard concrete from a height of just over five-and-a-half feet.
It boosts the waterproofing prowess of S60 processors and by flipping a couple of switches on the front of the device, that seals off its speaker, headphone port, and microphone openings. The CAT S60 can now function underwater, for alomost an hour, at a depth of just over 16 feet. It support location tracking using GPS, assisted-GPS, GLONASS, and even the Chinese Beidou satellite network. All the way it also includes Bluetooth, NFC, an FM radio tuner, and barometer and alimeter sensors.
With 5MP front-facing camera found on CAT S60 maximises with the rear sensor of 13MP. Since it sits right next to the smartphone’s thermal imaging Lepton sensor, the two can work together to create an enhanced hybrid image by merging live feeds from both cameras altogether.
Currently, the CAT S60 might not be as pretty as an iPhone 6 or Galaxy S6 Edge, but it just might be the most envious tool you’ll find on a construction site and spending $250 on a technological novelty is tough sell. The quad-band CAT S60 features 32GB of onboard storage, 3GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon Octa-core processor powering Android Marshmallow with 4.7-inch HD screen.
Specifications In Brief:
- 4.7-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD multi-touch 540 nits display with auto wet finger and glove support, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
- Octa-Core Snapdragon 617 (4 x 1.5GHz + 4 x 1.2GHz) processor with Adreno 405 GPU
- 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage
- Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
- Underwater 13MP rear camera with dual LED Flash
- 5MP front-facing camera
- Dedicated FLIR thermal camera app with MSX technology
- Drop proof to 1.8m, MIL Spec 810G
- 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS
- 3800mAh battery
Available sometime closer to June later this year for $599 (RRP €649 / INR 41055 arroximately). Before that will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona