Super Accurate Thermometer Can Take Your Temperature In Two Seconds
The device can tell whether you have a fever without ever touching your skin
A new thermometer that can take an infant’s temperature while barely touching his or her skin will soon be available to parents in the United States; consumer electronics company Withings, its creator, just received FDA clearance for the product, called the Thermo.
First unveiled in January at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the Thermo allows parents to avoid taking their child’s temperature with a rectal thermometer, the most traditionally accurate method. Instead, the Thermo user simply presses a button on the device and places one end of the thermometer against the middle of the ailing person’s forehead, and then slowly moves it out toward his or her temple until the device vibrates twice.
A collection of 16 infrared thermometers that are built into the Thermo allows the product to measure your core temperature over your temporal artery—which runs across your forehead—without having to hold a device under your tongue or in your armpit for several minutes.
With the Thermo, which will retail at $100, the whole process takes just a few seconds instead. In that amount of time, the device takes several thousand measurements and then uses an algorithm to come up with a final reading that takes other environmental factors into account.
To give anxious parents or patients a little more reassurance about their reading, the accompanying Thermo app allows users to keep track of their temperature readings and see how long their fever has continued or whether they’re showing signs of improvement. Users can also personalize their Thermo by entering their age, height and weight to get a better idea of whether their temperature reading is abnormal.
Along with an exact temperature reading, the Thermo’s display will light up green, yellow or red to indicate whether the temperature is normal or if the patient has a fever—or, in the case of the red option, to signal that the user should see a doctor straight away.