Tractor company launches smartphone with thermal imaging

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Cat, a company better known for its farming equipment, has launched a smartphone that includes a unique thermal imaging feature.

The 4.7-inch Cat S60 houses a thermal imaging C2 sensor made by FLIR Systems - the smallest of its kind - attached to the phone's camera. Considered military-grade, it's capable of detecting surface temperatures up to 100ft away, and can see through things like smoke and gas.

It also means we can finally take the kind of pictures we've been patiently waiting years for: 'thermies', or thermal imaging selfies.

Bruce Cummings, FLIR's vice president of brand and creative strategy, explained the sensor's many uses: "We want to make thermal imaging accessible to the general population… The technology enables you to see in pure darkness, so there's a host of use cases right through to the consumer space, whether it's to see if a sausage is cooked when barbecuing, how much gas is left in your tank or to find your pet on a dark night."

Along with the special sensor, the phone, built by Bullitt, is rocking some surprisingly good specs. There's an octa-core Snapdragon processor with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a hefty 3,800mAh battery. The cameras themselves are impressive 13MP and 5MP offerings and it'll even ship with Android Marshmallow.

It's built to last, too - the body can handle a 1.8m drop onto concrete, and can survive an hour 5m deep underwater. And you'll be able to use the touchscreen even if your hands are wet or you're wearing gloves.

The Cat S60 will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress this weekend, and you can get your hands on it later this year for €649 - about £500.

Source: Cat Phones | Inquirer

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