Cat S60: The Caterpillar Phone With Thermal Camera

Cat S60: The Caterpillar Phone With Thermal Camera
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A new smartphone is set to join the throng of mobile devices currently fighting for dominance in the tech industry. And clearly, it was meant to fight its way to at least the “cool and useful phone” kind of list with its features that are never before seen in any other handsets. The newest and probably one of the most unique phones is the Cat S60 smartphone.


The phone which is from the Caterpillar brand known for its rugged equipment, according to Daily Mail, is built to withstand a beating with a strengthened die cast frame and it has thermal imaging sensors built into it which is a first in the smartphone industry. It can survive being dropped from almost six feet high.

The rugged phone also has the ability to function underwater for an hour at a depth of almost 16 feet. It is also dustproof. Caterpillar is claiming that the S60 is the first phone to contain an integrated thermal camera using the embedded heat visualization device created by FLIR.

Originally, the FLIR ONE thermal camera started as a bulky case for the iPhone 5 and then streamlined into a compact dongle that is connected to the microUSB or Apple Lightning port at the bottom part of the iOS or Android smartphones.

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But on the Cat S60, the Lepton sensor which allows the FLIR cameras to see in total darkness is now integrated into the phone alongside its standard rear shooter. This enables both specs to work together to create an enhanced hybrid image by merging live feeds from both cameras together. The rear shooter of the phone maxes out at 13 megapixels while the front shooter maxes out at 5 megapixels.

According to FLIR President and CEO Andy Teich, they are delighted to work on the latest Cat phone with the Bullitt Group to integrate their thermal camera into their proven industrialized smartphone in order to “create a truly innovative and groundbreaking mobile product. Teich said that “the Cat S60 presents mobile users around the world with new capabilities – a ‘sixth sense’ experience that only thermal imaging can offer.”

Meanwhile Peter Stephens CEO of Bullitt Group, the global mobile device licensee for Caterpillar said that “to stand out from the crowd in today’s smartphone market requires true innovation and they are proud to partner with FLIR to announce what is truly a world’s first. Stephens further said that they are excited for thermal technology for customers to discover and the myriad of uses it will present for them.

Other specs of the said first ever FLIR phone includes 4.7-inch display with a Gorilla Glass 4 protection and a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. The touch screen display of the phone also comes with auto wet finger and glove support.

S60 also has an internal storage of 32GB and a 3GB RAM. It runs Android Marshmallow on an octa-core Snapdragon processor. It also supports 4G LTE, GPS, A-GPS, Bluetooth, and NFC in terms of connectivity. The new Cat phone is being powered by a 3,800 mAh battery.

According to Gizmodo the target audience of the Caterpillar phone are people who need “Tonka-tough” phones like engineers, construction workers, inspectors etc. It is set to be revealed during the upcoming Mobile World Congress which is set to last from Feb. 22 to 28 in Barcelona. It will be released later this year and is priced €649 EUR or $599 USD.