LAS VEGAS -- With health-focused wearables and smart devices set to be one of the leading trends at this years Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, French company Withings has unveiled a smart, connected thermometer called Thermo which can take up to 4,000 readings in just 2 seconds to give you fast and accurate readings.
Thermo fits into the company's expanding ecosystem of connected devices, which include a number of activity trackers, connected weighing scales, sleep monitoring products and a wireless blood pressure monitor. Thermo will connect with your smartphone or tablets via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and will allow you to track the temperature of multiple users.
The device, which will go on sale in the first quarter of 2016 for around $120, measures the temperature of the temporal artery at the side of your head -- which Withings calls "the new gold standard for temperature measurement". By pressing the Thermo against your head and clicking a button you get an instant reading without the need for any motion or scanning. Withings claim the sensors take 4,000 measurements in 2 seconds while a specially-designed algorithm automatically corrects for biases, such as skin heat loss and the ambient temperature.
The fast reading is made possible with something called HotSpot Sensor technology, which includes a sophisticated sensor array of 16 independent infrared (IR) sensors that can "quickly locate and measure the IR signature and heat being emitted." The device has been approved by the Food and Drug Administation (FDA) for use in the U.S. while it is CE Medical-approved for use in Europe.
"We invented the first Wi-Fi connected health device, Withings’ smart scale, to enable users seamless access to their data to take control of their weight. Withings Thermo was designed to have a similar impact on the family’s health routine," Cedric Hutchings , CEO of Withings , said in an emailed statement.
There are already some smart thermometers on the market which connect to your smartphones -- such as the Kinsa -- but all these solutions to date have required users to take measurements orally or under the arm. Another solution -- called TempTraq which was announced at last year's CES -- is aimed at continuously monitoring children's temperatures and consists of a Bluetooth-enabled patch for under arm measurements.