Withings is an electronic company based in France that has been featured a few times on Once Daily. It is known for creating innovative smart health devices that monitor and maintain health easier than many other consumer options. For example, a smart blood pressure cuff for convenient readings at home, and a health tracker smartwatch with a built-in ECG monitor.
Withings turned its brilliant engineering towards thermometers and developed the Thermo, a no-contact thermometer. The small device can be held up to 1cm from the forehead and takes a reading from the temporal artery. It uses sixteen infrared sensors that take over 4000 measurements as the device is swiped across the forehead. By making it possible to take a temperature without contact, there is no need to clean between users.
Thermo displays the temperature reading both on the device and in the connected Android or iOS app. It uses a colour-coded system to easily alert the user if the temperature reading is concerning and may require action – A feature called insights.
Up to eight people can use the smart device. The medical-grade readings are stored in the app under the specified user for easy monitoring of changes. Users can add symptoms and medications into the app and receive personalised advice right away.
An instant, no-contact way to take temperatures is a great tool to have during the Covid-19 pandemic. It allows an entire family to do regular temperature checks to aid in the early detection of a virus and other illnesses.