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Withings “Thermo” thermometer that uses skin surface readings, and its phone app and database
With the coronavirus epidemic I realised that having a reliable thermometer handy is important. Of course, everyone thought that, and thermometers all sold out quickly. I eventually managed to get a regular thermometer, which has a probe you hold in your armpit or put under your tongue, and that uses tiny button batteries to power it. It used up batteries at a prodigious rate, and they were batteries that were impossible to buy anywhere convenient other than by mail (thank you, online battery shopping!).
Then recently, I saw that I could get a...Withings “Thermo” for half price (for $89), and that it used AAA batteries and also recorded my temperature in a cloud-based database. It reads your body temperature from your skin surface, namely your forehead, (actually, the temporal artery there) which is supposed to be very accurate. Being a complete gadget geek, I snapped it up, and I’ve been using it for a few days. Yes, it is good. Withings have a reputation for personal health equipment – it’s apparently a leader in heart rate monitors for people exercising. However, it turned out the “Thermo” associated database and its phone app are a work in progress. But apps are easy to update, and so I am hoping for some improvements as they get their act together. These types of surface reading thermometers are targeted at children, which seems to be why there are some odd features in their “Withings Thermo” app. But it is aimed at home use. You also need to be aware that to use it properly you have to use it in conjunction with a smart phone (android or iPhone), and set up an account with Withings and give them some basic personal information. From feedback on the app download site, some users are offended at this, so if you only want a simple thermometer without connecting with the cloud, then the Withings “Thermo” is a poor choice. So when you first get the “Thermo”, you then need to install the “Withings Thermo” app on your smart phone. That app then directs you through the installation and use of the thermometer. You set up an account, and enter some personal information like your email, and a name for each user of the device; it permits up to 8 users. Of course, if you worry about privacy, then you can use fake or abbreviated names, with a special email account, I guess. If you want to use it with non-family users, I guess you can set up a user called “Guest”. You need to add all the users; it does not accept adhoc users.
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