Who made a mobile phone that can be dropped, submersed in water, covered in sand, operated in extreme hot and cold, and be used by gloved hands?

Answer: Caterpillar

by News Staff / January 8, 2014

The American machinery company Caterpillar has developed and manufactured a phone, called the B100, that is designed to be especially rugged.

With a 3 megapixel camera and just 128 megabytes of internal storage, the device isn’t intended to replace anyone’s smartphone, but provide a tool that can withstand extreme environments and busy or dangerous work areas. (It even comes with noise cancelling that allows it to be used near loud equipment like chain saws or engines.)

The phone is priced at about $160, and has so far only been released in Europe, with plans for a U.S. release this year.