Turn your Apple iPhone into a thermometer that does much more than detect a fever

Turn your Apple iPhone into a thermometer that does much more than detect a fever
The Kinsa Smart Thermometer connects to your Apple iPhone to help see if someone has fever. But it also is a great health tool that does a lot more. Using an app that is available for the device, you can see what illnesses are going around in your area (what Kinsa calls the "health weather"). For example, anonymized data reveals if the flu, strep throat or something else is making its way throughout your community. The Kinsa mart Thermometer is currently listed on indiegogo, a crowd-funding site and can be reserved for a contribution of as little as $25.

Using the thermometer will allow for the creation of real-time health maps similar to what the CDC offers. The app will allow a parent to take a child's temperature and track it over time while monitoring the health situation at school. It also shows a list of urgent care centers nearby. The system allows one to forecast how long a current illness will last, brings one-touch access to a nurse and lets you upload pictures and videos to your doctor. Push notifications can alert you to outbreaks of the flu or other illnesses throughout your area.

The company's goal is to distribute 10 million Kinsa Smart Thermometers in the next few years in order to create a real time map of health. After an FDA review that will take 90 to 120 days, the company hope to have its Smart Thermometer ready to launch in November or December. On indiegogo, the product has a $75,000 funding target. With 56 days remaining, the thermometer has raised $18,716. In case you were wondering, the thermometer connects at one end to the phone's 3.5mm earphone jack.

source: KinsaSmartThemometer via eWeek

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30 Comments

1. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

well thats useful!..and i think more accurate..

7. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

oh i get it...it is an apple article so expect more thumbsdown.LOL! im an android fan but i dont see any reason why i should hate apple/ios...

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Well, my guess would apple repeated attempts to banned android smartphone from competing. Just a guess, or maybe their filing of ridiculous amount of nonsensical patents to stop competitions. If apple would just compete base on innovation like before I would still be their user. Btw, I think the above device is cool, just make it Bluetooth enable for all smart phone. As we know, apple is sliding down to a much smaller minority.

22. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

why are you butthurt over something apple did to the competition? srsly dude, it didn't attack you personally did it?... just stop having all these protective feelings for your phone manufacturer, it doesn't even sound healthy ...

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Because i value my rights as a consumer, my freedom to choose and competition give more value for my dollar. Fanism is the opposite of this which i personally don't subscribe. I pay money for a phone or a mobile device to serve me not the other way around. And, from my posting you know i don't care whether the worlds agree with me or not. Much less an apple fan.

23. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

On that reason? So low btw

25. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Apple didn't use Bluetooth cause they didn't wanted to pay patent fees, so it saved them maybe another few dollars in there acount! Apple users and fanswere really pisset of, tho they sacrafice them self having a show off device that made them look so posh and trendy™ Apple devices are missing so much feautres, and Steve Jobs was succesful rinsing publics hard earned cash, so they could use it to litigate on others. How so sad and pathetic™

28. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

WTF am I reading?

21. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

you know whats useful? pregnancy test!... pee on a stick and plug it into your iphone.. maybe i should patent that :P

27. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

what? people going to stick iphone in their a****?

2. FlushGordon unregistered

Are you supposed to insert that thing into your anus to get a more accurate reading?

4. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

if you enjoy it to be like that. then its your choice! LOL

16. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

OMG you make my day... :D:D

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

This is a dumb idea. Just get a regular thermometer

6. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

did you read the article? i think it has a useful features that an ordinary thermometer cant do.

17. Evil.Bunny

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

its not the thermometer that does anything, its the app that accompanies it that pulls data about diseases. so basically its a normal thermometer along with a usefull app. i hope that thing also works without a phone cause im not going to put a thermometer attached to a phone in my mouth.

8. dangchitrung

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

Do we really need these things to recognize the symptoms?

9. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

no, you don't.

10. rdemon

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Apple can stick it's thermometer up their ass

26. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Well said™

12. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

And you wonder how dumb folks are! This is a simple article but people show the stupidity and take it to a whole nother level.

13. BiN4RY

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

OR you can just spend that money and buy a regular thermometer instead of making yourself looking like an utter retard when you're using it

14. osmaankhaan unregistered

Ooh all these years i was wrong!! thinking it was completely utterly useless to buy an iphone.. It can do something useful if u spend $25 additionally from ur hard earned money although I thought the only use of it was to sell it to any soft drink companies they can recycle it and make tin cans out of it..

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I suggest Apple to patent this, cuz everybody know Apple's disease! Let me introduce you the new disease, A.S.D (Apple Sue Disease)! :P

18. nerdylish

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

I like the way people thumb you down for every lame comment that you post.

19. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I like the way that I ignore people who thumb me down! That's all! Nobody can take a joke here! This sucks!

20. nerdylish

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

Oh, that's sad. Try posting something really, really funny next time. And relevant too. :)

29. TheBitterTruth unregistered

S- Health

30. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

Whats next food thermometer? I think this is nuts, attaching a device that is of medical use to a dirty germ filled phone is not a great idea. Also an illness forecast i think that can stand alone but it's kind sounds like it's for phobiatic people.

31. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

I can buy digital thermometer for $2. Don't need this.

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