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Poll results: Would you buy a phone for the thermal camera?

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Poll results: Would you buy a phone for the thermal camera?
Yesterday, we asked you if the presence of a thermal imaging camera would be a unique enough feature for you to splash a bunch of money on a phone, ruggedized or not. Turns out you would, if the price is right, and the rest of the specs sheet is decent, as that's the answer of more than half of our respondents. About 24% say they will have no use for a thermal imaging camera, though.

Cat, the maker of extremely rugged phones that you might have seen in the hands of construction workers or your car mechanic, is out with its newest darling - the S60. Not only is the Cat S60 the most advanced and elegant (well, comparatively) such gear that the company has ever devised, but it has also outfitted it with a unique differentiator in the form of an embedded thermal imaging camera.

Cat is using FLIR, the standard in commercialized thermal imaging, so that you can use the phone for stuff like "detecting heat loss around windows and doors, spotting moisture and missing insulation, identifying over-heating electrical appliances and circuitry, or and seeing in complete darkness. The adjacent thermal camera app allows for things like changeable heat palettes, temperature spot metering, and min, max, as well as average temperature data readouts. This type of thermal imaging can be used in plethora of circumstances, as Cat explains:


The thermal camera visualizes heat that is invisible to the naked eye, highlighting temperature contrasts. It can pick up heat and measure surface temperatures from a distance of up to 50 to 100 feet, and see through obscurants such as smoke, enabling a huge range of use cases for building professionals, utility workers, outdoor sports enthusiasts, and emergency first responders to name but a few.

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Would you buy a phone for the thermal camera?
24.83%
216 votes
(216 votes) Yes
51.15%
445 votes
(445 votes) Depends on its other specs, as well as the price
24.02%
209 votes
(209 votes) No

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posted on 19 Feb 2016, 07:40 4

1. jesus_sheep (Posts: 223; Member since: 18 Apr 2015)


What is the point of a thermal camera unless you visit the wild often?

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 07:41 19

2. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2700; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Checking out if a babe is hot or not?

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 08:18 1

10. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


well said +1

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 07:45 1

4. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2020; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Ghost hunting lol.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 07:56 2

6. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1036; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


You can check where heat is escaping in your house, or leaking in, you can use it to see if a particular electrical circuit in your breaker box is overtaxed because it will be hotter. There are plenty of uses. You just have to think about them.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 08:00 11

8. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2700; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Taking pics of your overheating SD810

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 07:44

3. Trakker (Posts: 283; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Not much real world use except for laughing at a hot crotch.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 07:45

5. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2020; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


LOL! that and ghost hunting.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 08:01 1

9. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1491; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Nope. Checking the thermals on a device such as Laptops. Dave Lee uses them in his reviews

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 07:57 1

7. buccob (Posts: 2512; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Well having work in Refineries, Power Plants and other industrial process, this phones looks very nice for Enterprise who services or work in those environments. It can help preventing serious injuries by touching a hot pipe, and it can discern fluids, leaks, etc...

But yeah the majority will just use it to fool around.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 11:23

11. vuyonc (Posts: 987; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Predator hunting!

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 17:48

12. tacarat (Posts: 726; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


Getting a PIN from a keypad.
Seeing if the electronics have been used.
Finding pets

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 06:08

13. legiloca (Posts: 1199; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


To see if a dude is hot or not.. lel

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 16:12

14. Darkerm (Posts: 308; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


well. the best use it that you can see in the Dark. the only reason I want a thermal camera is this

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