withings (pronounced “MET stuff”) is a French consumer electronics company headquartered in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. It also has offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and Hong Kong and distributes its products worldwide. Withings is known for design and innovation in connected devices, such as the industry’s first Wi-Fi scale (introduced in 2009), an FDA-cleared blood pressure monitor, a smart sleep system, and a range of automatic activity tracking watches. It also provides B2B solutions for healthcare providers and researchers.
Withings has a long tradition of bringing out health related products and the Withings Thermo, although released way back from 2016, is a useful product for everyday use with all these Covid 19 situations.
The Withings Thermo was the first WiFi-connected time thermometer ever to receive FDA approval, providing one of the fastest, most accurate, and most hygienic temperature readings available. Thermo’s designated app also integrates with Boston Children’s Hospital’s Thermia™ tool, providing users with useful insights on how to manage a child’s fever.
Thermo measures temperature from the temporal artery of the forehead, providing one of the most accessible and reliable measurements of body temperature, while ensuring a comfortable and hygienic process. With the new HotSpot Sensor™ technology, an advanced array of 16 infrared (IR) sensors takes 4000 measurements in just two seconds to detect the hottest point. A specially designed algorithm then automatically corrects for biases, such as heat loss from the skin and ambient temperature, allowing Thermo to provide a single, highly accurate temperature reading. Thermo costs $99.95.
Easy as 1, 2, 3
Users simply press a button and scan the thermometer over their forehead, up to 1cm above the skin, to get an instant reading. Because no contact is required, Thermo is exceptionally hygienic. Two vibrations notify users when the measurement is complete, and the temperature is displayed in Celsius or Fahrenheit. In addition, the device takes users’ age into account and provides instant color-coded feedback via an LED display that glows green for normal, orange for elevated and red for high temperatures. With Thermo it has never been easier to take the temperature of a sleeping child and evaluate his fever. The device runs on two AAA batteries that last up to two years, making it exceptionally portable – easy to transport from the household medicine cabinet to a mom’s purse or dad’s pocket.
A new way to manage fever Thermo automatically sends temperature readings to your iOS or Android smartphone on the dedicated application, via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, enabling seamless synchronization. The app provides the ability to better monitor and manage fever episodes for multiple users by tracking the temperature trend and get a clear fever status at any time. It also allows users to provide contextual information related to measurements, such as logging symptoms or taking notes of drugs administered. Notifications can be set up to prompt parents with measurement reminders to better track fever episodes. The app also integrates with Boston Children’s Hospital’s Thermia™ tool, which provides educational information that can provide insight into caring for a child with a fever.
The Withings Thermo is a Class IIa medical device and has achieved FDA-approved status in the US. Thermo joins the wireless blood pressure monitor in Withings’ line of FDA-cleared devices and reinforces Withings’ positioning as a leader in the digital health industry. Withings has built a unique ecosystem that includes both regulated medical devices and general fitness devices, and continues to reinvent personal health management where accurate and meaningful data enables better care.
Today we will explore how the Withings Thermo product works and whether it is useful or not…
An easier, better way to take someone’s temperature
Thermo is a game changer. Now a quick, simple, non-contact gesture delivers medical results right on the device and automatically syncs with the free Thermo app, available for iOS and Android. In the app, you can track temperature readings, set reminders, and enter related symptoms and medications for advice, right on your smartphone.
Thermo measurements from the temporal artery, considered an ideal place to detect temperature changes because the blood circulating there comes from the core of the body. 16 infrared sensors take over 4,000 readings – a revolutionary advancement, and what we call HotSpot sensor technology.
No skin contact necessary
Enjoy a contactless scan up to 1 cm from the forehead. Unlike other thermometers, Thermo does not need to come into contact with bodily fluids, such as saliva, perspiration or earwax. It is the most hygienic way to take a person’s temperature, as Thermo does not need to be cleaned between each reading.
Readings appear illuminated on the device along with a color-coded LED indicator to tell you if the temperature is normal, elevated or high based on the user’s age.
Comprehensive health diary
In addition to tracking temperature and symptoms, you can enter comments, medications, and even photos into any user profile. This will help you see if treatment is effective and allow you to have a complete history to share with a doctor.
Know when it’s time to take action
Measurements are automatically synchronized with your smartphone. Based on age, fever history and symptoms, the Thermo app provides advanced health advice. And Boston Children’s Hospital offers Thermia™, educational information about proper medications and dosages.
Up to 8 users can access their personal temperature history with the ability to share it with doctors
Data from every measurement and health advice automatically appears in the Thermo app via WiFi