Smart thermometers: the non-invasive way to measure temperature

Only available in hospitals to measure the temperatures of patients without touching them, smart thermometers have been brought to our homes by companies such as Koogeek and Withings. Unlike traditional methods, this is a much more sanitary way to take anyone’s temperature.

The technology is relatively new and infers temperature from a portion of the thermal radiation emitted by the object being measured. These trackers are sometimes referred to as laser thermometers, as a laser is used to help aim the thermometer.

In addition to smart thermometers, there are a number of other devices you can use to monitor the temperature of your baby.

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Withings Thermo | Koogek Smart Thermometer | Flo Smart Thermometer | Kinsa Smart Thermometer | Infanttech Smarttemp


Withings Thermo

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Withings used CES 2016 earlier this year to announce a Wi-Fi connected thermometer – the Withings Thermo. The device is the first of its kind to be approved by the US Food & Drug Administration.

thermo-application-cA light touch on the temple is all it takes. Thermo has 16 sensors which take over 4,000 measurements to find the hottest spot on the side of your head. It then sends the reading back to your mobile device via Bluetooth and WiFi. And since there is no contact with earwax, saliva or any other body fluid, Thermo is a extremely sanitary way to take anyone’s temperature.

You can see the readings on the device. Thermo delivers color-coded temperature feedback that is relevant to the user’s age profile, to help you understand the reading. For more advanced info and health advice, head over to the app.

Up to five family members can have profiles within the app. In addition to tracking temperature and symptoms, you can enter comments, and medications in any user profile. This helps you see if the treatment is effective and allows you to maintain a log to share with a doctor.

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Koogeek Smart Thermometer

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51x3fp244cl-_sl1001_Koogeek is a relatively new entrant in market for health and fitness gadgets and wearables. The company sells a smart scale, blood pressure monitor, an abdominal muscle exerciser and a SmartPlug. All of these communicate with the user through a smartphone app and Koogeek’s ‘Smart Cloud System’. The newest addition to this ecosystem of devices is the Koogeek Smart Thermometer.

The thermometer is extremely easy to use. A quick look at the instructions is all that it takes to be able to use all of its functions. There are only two main buttons, a display, and two indicator lights for in-ear or forehead use.

A simple one second scan across the forehead is all that it takes. The Chinese company says the measurement error is within ±0.2℃. You can also opt for the in-ear measurement option. This is useful as it gives you the ability to double-check your forehead reading.

The thermometer is dust proof, drop proof and dirt proof. In terms of battery life, this is one less smart gadget you will need to recharge as it comes with a replaceable coin cell battery.

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Flo Smart Thermometer

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This is the smallest Bluetooth thermometer on the market. Just place Flo about 1 inch away from the person’s forehead and you can take an accurate reading in under 1 second. With one button control, Flo is extremely simple to use. The integrated LED system flashes green when temperature is normal or red when there is a fever. Its small size makes it perfect for travel and it will not scare the kids.

“There is nothing more difficult than getting a sick child to fall asleep, so as parents, we never want to wake them back up,” said Eddie Cheung, co-founder of Flo.

“Taking away contact also removes the risk of spreading bacteria, making temperature monitoring safer and healthier. “

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The accompanying iOS and Android smartphone apps allow the user to track and share temperature readings, enabling on ongoing timeline of health. You can create profiles for each member of your family, add photos, and notes to the timeline and view past data with charts. You can also share your readings and notes with medical professionals or loved ones.

Zeraph originally raised funds through Kickstarter to develop the product, but is now shipping to retail customers.

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Kinsa Smart Thermometer

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51wa1z-g8ll-_sx466_Kinsa tracks fever readings, symptoms, diagnoses and medications for each family member so you don’t have to, and offers real-time guidance to help you decide what to do next. It is slightly different from other devices covered in this article, in that there is contact with the skin.

The device measures temperature with professional accuracy in one second and automatically syncs with your smartphone. In fact it is FDA cleared for accuracy.

No batteries are required and included is a flexible, easy-clean comfort tip. A nice touch is the fun, bubble-popping game on the accompanying smartphone app. It keeps your kids engaged while you are taking their reading.

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Infanttech Smarttemp

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Infanttech’s new FDA-approved bluetooth baby thermometer provides parents an innovative way to track their child’s temperature in real time through their smartphone.

71nmtjtq03l-_sl1500_Traditional digital thermometers require parents to frequently monitor their children’s temperature manually, and especially at night. This often comes with stress, sleeplessness and exhaustion to parents and often causes the babies to feel uncomfortable and resistant.

Smarttemp is easy to use. Simply download the smartphone app (Available for both iOS and Android), place the thermometer under baby’s underarm with adhesive pad, and monitor your baby’s temperature.

Smarttemp comes with the thermometer, a carrying case, 10 adhesive pads, and has up to a 3 year battery life with no charging required. You can even set it up to alert you when the temperature rises beyond the threshold, and it can be set up to provide medicine reminders when it’s time for another dosage.

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