CAT’s S60 smartphone is a rugged slab of a handset that’s built to take any punishment a work site can throw at it, It is built to target a special set of users.
It’s the first phone with a FLIR thermal imaging sensor built-in, which means you can instantly check the temperature of anything you point the camera at.
FLIR makes high-end thermal imaging cameras for the pros, but this is the first time it’s appeared on a smartphone. The FLIR sensor sits above the regular 13MP camera on the back of the phone, meaning you can overlay a real-world outline over the thermally-imaged image.
You can open the standard Android camera when you’re in your down time and flick open FLIR when it’s time to get to work. Thermal images show heat as white, so the colder the scene the bluer the pic. You can “see” heat up to 100m away, with accurate temperature readings from about 50m. FLIR works with video as well as photos, and it’l do time-lapse recording too.
You can get temperature readings for any point in a pic with live view before you’ve pressed the shutter button, or you can tap anywhere on a saved image and check temperatures later. It’ll measure average temperatures too; just draw a box and a measurement appears onscreen.
The S60 will be available later this year for $599, which converts to around £425 or AU$835.