If you’ve ever tried to take a sick baby’s temperature with a thermometer through their ear, you’ll understand how quickly it escalates into a difficult wrestling match, complete with screaming, kicking, and lots of “shhh, it’s alright”. Blue Spark Technologies, a Westlake, Ohio company that makes flexible batteries, is unveiling a solution at CES this year, called TempTraq, and it aims to usher in a new standard of taking temperatures.
TempTraq is a Bluetooth-enabled wireless adhesive patch thermometer that can be applied underneath the arms of babies. The device is designed for 24 hour continuous monitoring of temperatures, allowing trend visualization to see if a fever is going up or down. The single-use device records temperatures between 86.0ºF and 108.3ºF, and syncs the data to an iOS or Android device, up to 40 feet (12 meters) away. Readings are color-coded to give parents a quick glimpse into how high the temperature actually is, and can send notifications whenever the child’s temperature rises past a user-specified red zone. The app also has note-taking abilities to record when the child eats, drinks, or takes medication. The data can be sent via email to family members or the family doctor.
If you have more than one sick kid, the app will work with multiple TempTraq patches.
TempTraq is currently pending FDA 510(k) review, with availability and pricing expected later this year.
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(hat tip: Engadget)