A British company has unveiled what it is billing as the "world's first" smartphone with a built-in thermal imaging camera, a feature it claims will be in 50 percent of models on the market in five years.
Bullitt took the wraps off its Cat S60 smartphone on Thursday a 4.7 inch so-called "rugged phone" which can withstand a fall onto concrete from 1.8 meters high and can survive for an hour underwater at a depth of 5 meters. The thermal camera is made by U.S. firm FLIR.
The U.K.-based firm designs and manufactures the phone which then has the branding of construction equipment maker Caterpillar on it. Bullitt said that the lack of innovation in current smartphones will help its Cat S60, which will retail for $599, gain appeal among consumers
"At the moment we are in a bit of a lull. If you look back at the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Edge, it's a hell of a product but in terms of innovation we are taking incremental steps," Pete Cunningham, senior product manager at Bullitt, told CNBC at an interview.
"We believe you will see this technology in mainstream products and this is a gamechanging step for the industry."