So throughout November we ran a competition for all Cat S60 customers. The prize? A refund of the price you paid for it!
What we were asking for was fairly simple; a short story of how you’ve used the phone, along with an image from the FLIR thermal camera. We’ve had quite a few entries over the last few weeks and I’m happy to say it’s been fun reading through them all.
Choosing a winner has been tough. Some of the thermal pictures were excellent. We’ve also come across some interesting uses that we hadn’t thought of. In fact we’ll be sending some details off to Cat as we’re sure their phones are performing tasks they never dreamed of!
It wasn’t all about the quality of the picture though, we were also taking into account the story being told.
After a week of deliberation we decided that one story we received deserved to win. That story comes from Reuben Pillay, all the way in Mauritius. He didn’t provide us with the most detailed thermal image, however his story won the office over.
In Reuben’s living complex are stray cats that he takes upon himself to care for. One recently had a clutch of kittens that he was ensuring were kept fed and sheltered.
He fashioned a makeshift den for them with a cardboard box and plastic bags for waterproofing. Frustratingly it collapsed. Not soon after this the smallest kitten, Waïto, fell sick.
He took it to the local vet and was provided with some medicine. Sadly after a few days he couldn’t find the sick kitten. Then a flash of inspiration struck! Using the thermal camera on the S60, he was able to scan the yard and look for heat signatures.
Sure enough, the sick little kitten’s heat could be seen! It was hiding in the collapsed shelter where it could not be heard or seen, even with a normal flashlight.
Without the thermal camera, Reuben may not have been able to locate the little kitten he had been caring so diligently for. He was able to administer the medicine and thankfully our furry friend made a full recovery.
There’s also a short video of Reuben locating little Waïto in the yard:
We can also watch the family from just before little Waïto got sick:
Thanks Reuben! We’ll send you the voucher code refund by email very soon.
Some of our other favourite entries
This was a tough decision and to show how hard it is, we’d like to show some other entries we shortlisted. Each of these is arguably a better image, although didn’t have the attached story to win us over!
The gallery below has some of our other favourite images.
Thorston Recker provided us with an excellent image of an Augusta Westland 139 helicopter at the Bray Air Display in Ireland. You can also see the curve of the beach and building in the distance.
Paul Charmbury is a fridge engineer. He shows off the radiator and compressor on the back of a fridge. Any faults or blocks would be obvious with the thermal camera.
Alexey Kuznetsov diagnosed a faulty ASUS PC motherboard. The red spot in the bottom left of the image is a blown capacitor.
Mr. A Bryan also found a faulty computer. Using the white/red ‘hottest’ feature, he found out why a laptop had a display fault. One area of the board was far hotter than the rest. The reason? A short circuit between VGA and HDMI connectors. The fault was found in minutes rather than a potential hour of testing!
Andi Basha’s boss shows us how hot you can get when you’re frustrated. Look at those white patches under the arms, maybe it’s time to install some air conditioning?
A short mention also has to go to Alec Bulley, an upstanding member of our Armed Forces. He and his friends decided to use the Cat S60 to work out how hot the most, intimate, parts of their anatomy could get. Thanks for that Alec.
Keep your Cat S60 stories coming in
The competition may be over, but we’d still love to hear from you. If you have pictures and stories, then do please continue to send them in.
We’ll be sharing our favourites on the blog, and also with Cat UK. You may even end up on their blog too!
Send your stories in to firstname.lastname@example.org