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Withings' infrared thermometer adds fevers to your quantified self data

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A smart thermometer designed for children and adults

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Withings is known for elegant and smart takes on simple household products — a baby monitor, a scale, a smartwatch. You can now add thermometer to that list. The company's new Thermo thermometer, shown off here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is a non-invasive device that uses 16 infrared sensors to take accurate temperatures when it's pressed against the side of your head, where it finds the temporal artery. Withings says the Thermo identifies the hottest part by taking more than 4,000 measurements and reads back your temperature in a matter of seconds.

The thermometer, which runs for two years on two AA batteries the company says, is designed mainly to help parents take the temperatures of young children who loathe having to place something under their tongue. (The Thermo is not designed to go under your tongue — do not try it.) Of course, it also works with adults as well. The Thermo syncs with a dedicated Withings app over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and the software lets you create profiles for different people and track temperatures over a period of days, weeks, and months, as well as send data to a physician. The app will also let you note when you took certain fever medication.

The Thermo is designed to help parents easily take a child's temperature

The Thermo comes out in March for $100, and that's not cheap considering a standard thermometer often costs less than $15 and infrared thermometers are far from new. But the device's differentiating factor is its companion smartphone app, so the ability to create profiles for your entire family may be worth the investment.


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