There is consolation in the fact that technology is moving forward and there are companies out there that are ready to take on established players and introduce new interesting devices, even in boring fields such as at-home thermometers. Withings, now part of Nokia, offered Medgadget a chance to play with their Withings Thermo, and we liked the device very much.
According to the company, Withings Thermo sports the following features:
• 16 infrared sensors provide a highly accurate measurement
• 2-second measurement with instant color coded fever indicator
• There’s no need to touch the skin — no mess — no germs
• Temperature history, measurement reminders & health advice right on your smartphone
• Medically-approved thermometer with in-app educational information provided by Boston Children’s Hospital
All in all, the Thermo is a beautiful piece of technology. It’s a well-designed, intuitive, smartphone integrated instrument (iOS and Android) that has just one button. You click the button twice (to turn it on and then to measure the temperature), and you are all done.
In our at home tests, Withings Thermo performed very well, consistently showing temperatures within 0.2° when measured at the same spot, or at the bilateral temporal arteries, or when it was compared against the Braun Ear Thermometer. The device is slick, very intuitive, and easy to read at night even for people with poor vision.
Its front panel not only shows temperature readings, but it also functions as a touch control display, where the user can assign readings to specific family members, for storage and display of data on one’s smartphone.
The device easily connected to the matching smartphone application, and transferred the data flawlessly during our testing. The smartphone app (iOS version that we tested) is well designed and very intuitive, and it has some advanced features such as “Smart Fever Management” and an app called Thermia, a service provided by Boston Children’s Hospital, that suggests proper fever management including dosages of meds.
- beautifully designed, ergonomic, precise instrument
- no touch, kids friendly; useful at night
- data storage and analytics attribution to individual family members on the smartphone app
- uses two AAA batteries with an expectant battery life of up to two years
- Pricey ($99.95 on Apple’s website)
Product page: Withings Thermo…