The $25 TicWris GTS monitors your temperature from the wrist
TicWris has launched the first temperature tracking smartwatch, the TicWris GTS. The $25 wearable is said to be able take a reading in as little as 3 seconds.
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We wrote last month about TicWris. The company released the absolutely massive Ticwris Max 4G. It comes with a 2.86-inch widescreen display for all your browsing needs.
Now TicWris is back with something very different. This time its an Appelesque-looking timepiece that has a unique function – it can take your temperature right from the wrist.
The obvious question is how the watch is able to do this. More well known outfits such as Apple, Fitbit and Garmin are not able to take a person’s temperature with their wearable devices.
It seems TicWris has a built in thermistor (temperature monitoring device). This allows for on-demand measurements as well as automatic readings at regular intervals throughout the day. The accompanying smartphone app lets users set customisable high-temperature warnings so they can be informed in real-time of any spikes. It is suggested you wear the device for at least an hour before taking the first reading.
There is a health disclaimer worth mentioning.
TicWris says that the watch is not “a medical device, and the test results cannot be used as a clinical basis” and that “at the same time, the arm skin surface temperature measured by the watch is 0.3 ℃ -0.7 ℃ lower than the armpit temperature measured by the medical mercury thermometer.”
Nevertheless, the functionality sounds like it should be useful, as long as it’s accurate. Particularly amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Other tech under the hood includes a gravity sensor, pedometer sensor and optical heart rate sensor. In addition to temperature the watch tracks blood oxygen, heart rate, activity, sleep and blood pressure.
The last on this list is another bold claim. However, just today Samsung has received the stamp of approval (from South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety), to be used to take blood pressure readings from the wrist. So it seems it is possible to use the optical heart rate sensor to take blood pressure measurements.
As far as looks the Ticwris GTS resembles the Apple Watch and could easily be mistaken for Amazfit GTS. It comes with a 1.3 inch, colour TFT display (240 x 240 pixel resolution), with 4D curved glass. All of this has a IP68 water-resistance rating so will survive swimming.
Other functionality worth a mention includes the ability to stream messages, calls and smartphone notifications. The thing can also command your phone to take photos, play music and find locations.
The watch is powered by a 64MHZ, 32-bit Arm Cortex M4F processor and a 160mAh lithium polymer battery. Between charges, it keeps ticking for about 5 days and has a standby time of about 20 days.
TicWris GTS is currently available on Gearbest for just $24.99, which is about a third off its regular price. Stay tuned for our full review in the coming weeks. We are looking forward to putting the temperature and blood pressure measuring claims to the test.
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