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Wilsonville-based FLIR launches thermal-imaging smartphone

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A new smartphone released by Wilsonville-based FLIR Systems and heavy-equipment company Caterpillar could help rescue workers see through smoke or debris. A new smartphone released by Wilsonville-based FLIR Systems and heavy-equipment company Caterpillar could help rescue workers see through smoke or debris.
WILSONVILLE, OR (KPTV) -

The same thermal image technology Portland Police use to track down theft suspects is now available in a new cell phone.

FLIR, a thermal imaging and detection systems company headquartered in Wilsonville, teamed up with Caterpillar to create the world's first thermal imaging smartphone, the Cat S60.

The thermal camera is actually inside the phone, and can take pictures and video, which can be helpful especially for people on search and rescue missions where bodies may be obscured by smoke or heavy brush.

Home consumers could use it for a variety of tasks, like checking to see if a propane tank is low. The phone is also considered the most waterproof smart phone in the world.

However, they don't come cheap.

The phone with the camera built-in runs $600. FLIR also sells a separate thermal camera accessory people can just plug in their existing smartphone for about $250.

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