Cat S60 Phone, With Thermal Imaging Camera, Built for Harsh Workplaces

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2016-02-19

Caterpillar has announced its new Cat S60 rugged and waterproof smartphone, which also includes an integrated thermal imaging camera that lets users detect and see heat inside structures, electrical panels, vehicles and other enclosures. The Cat S60, which has a 7-inch HD touch display, gets its thermal imaging capabilities from a Lepton thermal microcamera module made by FLIR, which is embedded into the S60. The thermal imager can detect heat loss around windows and doors, help spot moisture and missing insulation in buildings, identify overheating electrical appliances and circuitry, and allow users to see heat sources in complete darkness, according to Cat. The smartphone is ruggedized and waterproof to depths of up to 16 feet for one hour, as well as able to withstand drops of up to 5.9 feet on concrete. The handset, which will retail for $599 and debut at Mobile World Congress, is dustproof and features a display that can be viewed in bright sunlight and operated with wet fingers or while wearing gloves. Peruse this eWEEK slide show for more details about the Cat S60 smartphone.


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