Withings has launched a smart thermometer, capable of reading an individual’s temperature via 4,000 measurements in just two seconds.
When Nokia completed the acquisition of Withings earlier this year, it was widely seen as a bold move into the healthcare IoT market for a company that had been slowly pushed out of the mobile phone market.
A matter of months later, Withings, now part of the Nokia Technologies family, has launched a Thermo WiFi thermometer that will be available exclusively at Apple.com and in Apple retail stores from July 19th in the U.S.
The Thermo will join a growing range of devices and connected applications from Withings, which includes the Body Cardio connected Scale, the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor and the Aura Smart Sleep System.
Withings’ non-intrusive, connected thermometer
The Thermo is the first non-intrusive WiFi thermometer available on the market. Thermo’s 16 infrared sensors take more than 4,000 measurements to find the hottest point on the forehead, in turn providing users with an accurate body temperature reading in just two seconds.
Once the measurement is taken, Thermo automatically synchronises with the Withings Thermo app and the Apple Health app. With in-app advice provided by Thermia, a service from Boston Children’s Hospital, users can easily access advice and feel more empowered to manage the health of loved ones. Thermo, which will be available for $99.95, has also been approved by the FDA.
Cedric Hutchings, vice president of digital health at Nokia Technologies, said:
“Withings and the Nokia Technologies team are excited to launch Thermo exclusively at Apple. With the launch of Thermo, we are reasserting our commitment to the future of health, revolutionizing the way people view fever management”.
Nokia entered healthcare IoT market at the right time
Nokia’s entry into the connected health sector in June, appears to have been well-timed. According to a digital health funding report from Rock Health, venture capital for companies in the sector grew significantly in 2015.
2016 funding is also looking positive, with 151 companies raising more than $2 billion in the opening six months of 2016.