The Withings Thermo uses 16 independent infrared sensors to non-invasively measure a person's temperature using the temporal artery at the side of the head. According to Withings, this "HotSpot Sensor Technology" can quickly measure IR signature and emitted heat, capturing 4,000 measurements in two seconds. A specially-designed algorithm corrects for biases like heat loss and ambient temperature, and then the hottest point is determined for an accurate single temperature reading.
Temperature is detected when the Thermo is placed on the forehead. A click of a button on the device will measure the current temperature, and a vibration will notify users when a temperature reading has been completed. The LED on the device will provide a temperature along with color-coded feedback that glows green for normal, orange for moderated, and red for elevated temperature levels.
Temperature readings captured by the Thermo are also automatically synced to an iOS device over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and are stored in the accompanying app alongside information from other Withings products like the Smart Body Analyzer. With app connectivity, parents are able to keep track of their children's temperature trends over time and all data collected can be shared with a physician.
Thermo uses two AAA batteries and can last for up to two years on a single set of batteries. It is labeled as a Class IIa medical device with the appropriate clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The Withings Thermo will be available during the first quarter of 2016 for $99.95.