Did you know that Pantech once launched a phone with a body temperature sensor?

Did you know that Pantech once launched a phone with a body temperature sensor?
If you had to build a cell phone, how would you make it stand out of the crowd? One of the ways to achieve this is to design a handset offering something exceptional – outstanding design and build quality, innovative software features, or a unique hardware component, to give a few examples. Pantech chose the latter route when it launched the Pantech G670 back in 2004. It was a phone with, wait for it, a built-in temperature sensor.

Now, this wasn't a sensor made to measure ambient temperature. The Pantech G670 was actually capable of measuring a person's body temperature when pressed against their forehead for several seconds (which totally didn't make them look silly, we're sure). So yeah, the Pantech G670 was kind of like a doctor phone. The measured data was stored on the device's 1.8MB of memory for future reference. Further specs included a 0.3MP camera, dual color displays with 128 by 160 pixels of resolution, GPRS connectivity, and a 780 mAh battery, which made the G670 an impressive handset for its time. Alas, the Pantech G670 didn't quite take the world by storm, and that's probably why most of us haven't even heard of it. 

Do you think Pantech's idea of putting a body temperature sensor on a phone was clever, dumb, or just ahead of its time? Let us know in the comments!

reference: PC World, sohu.com



1. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Because back then everyone had to check their body temperature every day

2. Busyboy

Posts: 739; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Can't hate on innovation

6. Obie-Wan

Posts: 113; Member since: May 24, 2012

Well, that was kinda normal. Look at ppl now, they check their phone every minute. (@_@)

3. emanuelwooten unregistered

Well I don't own a thermometer so if I could take my temperature when I thought I had a butt so if I could use my phone to find out it'd be kind of cool

4. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

its a good idea to put this thing on your armpits. Or there. Hahaha i don't even want to imagine...

5. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

I think this is more useful than other gimmicks like fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor.

7. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Gimmicks are better than not. If you don't find those features are useful, maybe other does. The world is not only for you.

8. fcjan

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

well, if you are brave enough you could use it as rectal thermometer

9. FlyingDutch

Posts: 97; Member since: Jan 30, 2015

Pantech is already dead. Does it matter? Many Android OEMs will follow soon. Thank you, Google.

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