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Consumer Lifestyle
Published: 15 Feb 2016

Smart Family Thermometer

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Hong Kong-based start-up Zeraph is launching a multifunctional smart thermometer that quickly measures temperature at a distance.

Flo simplifies checking a child's temperature and tracking it over time. It takes readings hygienically from a few inches away in under a second, and gives a simple response: a green light for normal, red for fever and white for a chill.

A companion smartphone app unlocks Flo's smart features. Detailed temperature readings can be displayed visually or played audibly, while a "surface mode" can check the temperature of things like bottled milk or bath water.

The app tracks family members' health patterns and can save photographs, the date and location information to each reading on their respective timelines. The idea is to add context to temperature data to make it more meaningful. Zeraph envisages users sharing their timelines with health professionals and on social networks.

The app can also be used to recognise body temperature patterns in order to help couples find out the best time to conceive. Zeraph, which exceeded its $20,000 crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter, expects to start retailing Flo for $39.99 from April 2016.

Consumers are increasingly turning to tech to gain a better awareness of their overall health, as we explored in Product Defence: Enhancing Wellness. See Decoding Digital Parents for more on how parenthood is becoming an increasingly digital affair.

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