Given the truth that we already depend on them for just about the whole lot else, why not simply go all in and switch our smartphones in to literal toolboxes? Bullitt, the UK-based licensed cellphone producer behind these Kodak handsets was available at Cellular World Congress this week, displaying off a pair of tremendous rugged handsets.
They’re not for everybody, positive, however in a world the place most telephones function related designs constructed across the similar elements, it’s all the time good to see one thing potential helpful that’s out of the smartphone mainstream. US-based heavy equipment producer Caterpillar was all the time a bizarre selection for a smartphone associate, however hey, it labored for the CAT S60.
The cellphone really racked up some fairly first rate evaluations, changing into one of many extra famous ultra-rugged smartphones in the marketplace. So, naturally, the corporate’s again at it with the CAT S61. It’s not a serious departure from its predecessor, because the title clearly implies, however it does deliver a few new tips to the toolbox.
The Flir-designed thermal digital camera is again and barely improved. It’s in a position to get warmth pictures for a broad vary of temperatures, from -20°C to 400°C. The picture is increased res this time and may be streamed by way of Fb Stay — which has to have some form of sensible utility, I suppose. Like I stated, this all fairly hyper targeted stuff, and it’s true you can simply purchase a Flir digital camera plug-in, however some skilled undoubtedly needs that performance built-into a cellphone.
A rep tells me it’s nice for checking how a horse’s leg muscle tissue are reacting to new horseshoes, so there’s that. Additionally on-board is a laser level that permits you to measure and triangular distances — apparently probably the most requested function on the S60. A built-in in air monitor, in the meantime, might additionally are available on a job website, to detect noxious fumes.
And, naturally, the factor is tremendous rugged, able to 1.eight meter drops and being submerged in water for as much as an hour. So, too, is the corporate’s different new handset, the Land Rover Discover, which continues the corporate’s custom of bizarre partnership offers. The cellphone takes some design cues from the automobile market and provides some stable options for hikers, together with a four,000mAh battery augmented by modular three,600mAh again plate.
The add-on additionally options a further GPS module, boosting the cellphone’s sign for if you’re out of vary of cell towers. The cellphone ships with that, together with an much more rugged rubberized case that may be clipped to a backpack through carabiner.
Each telephones are fairly okay wanting, a minimum of so far as tremendous rugged handsets go. The corporate says they’re designed for day-after-day use as a lot as within the area, however you’ve actually bought to be dedicated to the trigger to hold this stuff round, daily.
Of the 2, solely the CAT is coming to the States for positive.