Would you buy a phone for the thermal camera?

Would you buy a phone for the thermal camera?
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:


Other than the thermal imaging, or the durable and waterpoof, but rather bulky exterior, the Cat S60 flaunts pretty run-of-the-mill specs, yet will sell for about $600 when it hits the tape. This is why we wanted to ask you if the presence of a thermal imaging camera would be a unique enough feature for you to splash that much money on a phone, ruggedized or not. Tell us in the poll, and sound off in the comments.

Would you buy a phone for the thermal camera?

Yes
24.83%
Depends on its other specs, as well as the price
51.15%
No
24.02%

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16 Comments

1. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Pretty awesome, would buy for fun, but if it has bad specs it won't be my phone

10. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Yes.only If it works like the Sam Fisher's thermal camera...

11. engineer-1701d unregistered

would be great for work heatload loss

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Giving the second option pretty much kills the choice of voting for yes or no! Most users will obviously choose it anyway! When you vote for a political party, there's no "maybe later" or "Maybe he can, if there's an option" kind of choice!

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Only Solid Snake would have a use for such technology... We are but mere mortals...

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I'd buy if the whole package was tempting and this CAT phone is so it really caught my attention

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yes i would......If i was a ghost hunter.

6. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

yeah, i need it to cook outside when im not at home

7. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

What would've made the phone infinitely more interesting for the common consumer or outdoors enthusiasts is using the thermal camera to improve autofocus. It would do wonders with focus tracking in harsh/scarce lighting conditions with a high enough refresh rate.

8. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

I'd buy it, I just used a several thousand dollar FLIR imaging gun to electrical work. So this would come in Handy as a work phone

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

this thing is obviously not for me, i'll pass

12. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

If I had a need for it yes, otherwise nope

13. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Another way for the sick perverts out there to spy on people in public locker/ restrooms. No thanks.

14. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Ur red skin is so HOT

15. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

X-Ray please!

16. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

X-Ray please!

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