As smartphones get smarter, developers are inventing increasingly fantastical apps and functions such as only science fiction writers have dreamed.
The new Cat S60 smartphone has a cool new super power – it combines a thermal imagining heat censor with a 13 megapixel camera to created infrared maps. You just aim the camera, snap a photo, and Cat S6-‘s accompanying Flir app produced a colorful map showing different thermal readings.
Picking up thermal readings
With Cat S60 you can take a measurement/photo from up to 100 feet away, and can pick up thermal reading through walls. By combining a thermal sensor with a traditional camera, Cat S60 creates images that not only give you a temperature reading, but also fill in architectural details and facial features of your subjects. You can even press different parts of the picture to find out the exact temperature of that object or part of the room.
Find construction flaws
In case you are confused, yes, we are talking about Caterpillar, Inc., better known for manufacturing construction machinery and equipment. You didn’t know they made cell phones, did you? The device is primarily being marketed towards those who work in construction, plumbers, and electricians, as a handy way to find drafts and other heat losses, and to find overheating electronics. Cat S60 may also be useful for rescue workers looking for missing people. Police could use is to find out whether or not a suspect, or victim, is lurking inside an abandoned house or car.
But what about realtors? While we anticipate that Cat S60 will probably result in a lot of psychedelic selfies, it could help your clients save money by identifying places where heat is leaking out from the house.
The Cat S60 was named one of the “best” devices at this year’s Mobile World Conference. It will be available later this year for $599.