Sixteen Sensors Let Withings' New Forehead Thermometer Make Easy Instant Readings

Sixteen Sensors Let Withings' New Forehead Thermometer Make Easy Instant Readings

If the thought of sticking a thermometer where the sun don't shine to get an accurate reading disgusts you, Withings new Thermo provides a far less awkward, but equally accurate way to measure someone's body temperature with just a simple tap on their forehead. Hidden beneath the Thermo's green cap are an array of 16 infrared sensors that quickly locate and measure the IR signature from the temporal artery that runs up the side of your face and part of the way across your forehead. In just two seconds the sensor array makes 4000 measurements which are processed using a special algorithm that corrects for room temperature and heat loss through your skin. This ensures the Thermo can take an accurate reading in mere seconds.

Sixteen Sensors Let Withings' New Forehead Thermometer Make Easy Instant Readings

Using the Thermo is as easy as placing the business end against someone's forehead, pressing its single button, and then waiting until a vibration indicates the device has made a successful reading. The results are displayed in Celsius or Fahrenheit via an invisible white LED display, while an additional and impossible to misinterpret colour-changing LED indicates possible health concerns with a green, orange, or red warning.

Instead of having to constantly charge the Thermo, a pair of easily replaceable AA batteries inside keep it running for up to two full years. And like any modern metrics device worth its weight in plastic, the Thermo can wirelessly share temperature readings — over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth — to a free Android or iOS smartphone app that can keep tabs on multiple users.

The Withings Thermo will be available sometime in the first quarter of 2016 and will arrive with a $US100 ($139) price tag. That's considerably more expensive than the traditional glass model your parents used, but kids no longer have to hold anything under their tongues — or elsewhere.

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Sixteen Sensors Let Withings' New Forehead Thermometer Make Easy Instant Readings

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Comments

    Is it really as accurate as "up the bum" or "in the mouth" or "under the arm" (in the ear seems the least accurate method)? As a parent with a 2 year old we've discovered that you'll get a multitude of temperature readings depending on what device you use and where you stick it...

      It's a crude measurement and isn't usually all that important compared to other information. All hospitals use ear measurements.

    Has the writer never heard of tympanic thermometers or forehead infrared thermometers? Why would you take a completely non-validated method of taking temperature and sell it in an already saturated market?
    Also, your doctor doesn't care if your thermometer is a few tenths of a degree off.

    temperature is more of a reference thing - it is more important what your baby's reading is now compare to what it was from 3 hours ago. so as long as you are measuring the same spot consistantly, you don't really need to worry too much about being 100% percise...

    and even though i like Withings stuff, $100 for this is just a little too much.

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