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Withings Thermo passes FDA approval, is available now

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Earlier this year at CES 2016, Withings announced the Thermo, a wireless infrared thermometer that uses infrared sensors to take your temperature when placed up against your temple. The biggest question at the time of the announcement, however, was if Withings would be able to secure FDA approval and ensure that consumers would be able to rely on the Thermo for accurate temperature readings. Withings has announced today that the Thermo has been approved, and is available today at the Apple Store and Withings website for $99.95.

The Thermo differs from other infrared thermometers by featuring built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The Thermo can sync data to a dedicated app (along with Apple Health), allowing for temperature tracking over time for multiple users. The Thermo app also integrates data from Thermia, a service run by the Boston Children’s Hospital that uses the recorded temperature data to help parents monitor symptoms related to children’s fevers and offer treatment advice.

It’s important to keep in mind that most standard infrared thermometers from your local drugstore cost somewhere between $25 to $40, making the Thermo’s smart tracking features and sleek design come at a significant premium. Not all cheaper thermometers succeed in getting FDA approval, however, with cases of unreliable or inaccurate thermometers requiring recalls in the past.