As Caterpillar readies to launch its latest smartphone, the S60, here in the United States, the heavy equipment manufacturer is giving a few more details on all the functionality this phone’s built-in FLIR thermal imaging camera brings.
Unveiled in February, the S60 is the first smartphone to offer built-in thermal imaging. The embedded FLIR system highlights temperature contrasts and displays a colorful visualization on the phone’s screen highlighting these contrasts.
And while we’ve known those details since the phone’s unveiling, in terms of a specific feature set this new FLIR camera brings to the S60, we didn’t know much. But now Cat has released the full list:
Caterpillar says it sees the phone saving workers serious time on the jobsite, allowing for on-the-spot report generation.
Since announcing the phone, Cat says it has received great interest from developers looking to design applications that make use of the S60’s FLIR system. By the end of this month, the company plans to release a software development kit, or SDK, for developers to use in creating such apps.
“With FLIR, we want to support developers looking to build high-quality apps that will help to make the most of the S60’s integrated thermal camera and make it a powerful tool for even more users,” said Tim Shepherd, head of applications for Cat Phones, in a prepared statement.
Caterpillar says the S60 will be available for pre-order in the United States in July. The price will be $599.