If you’ve ever been in the throes and wondered if it was just a thing or if you actually had a fever, you might have checked your phone’s app store to see if there was a thermometer handy to quell your curiosity. As you already might know, there are apps that call themselves thermometers– but actually aren’t. In the vein of great news, Yahoo tells us that Kinsa, a 2012 startup company, is ready to change that.
The Harvard Medical School-trained CEO of the company, Inder Singh, promises to bring the Kinsa Smart Thermometer to the public as early as next month. Presales are already over 2,500 at its $19.99 price, and Singh expects prices to soon drop after volume increases. As of now, the thermometer is currently compatible with the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S and iPod Touch 5. Kinsa has leaked the device to a few folks and companies, and it looks like the response is raving:
— JOHN NOSTA (@JohnNosta) February 21, 2014
The 10 BEST apps for your preschooler. http://t.co/bIUjT0WqXD
— Parents Magazine (@parentsmagazine) February 21, 2014
— Kinsa (@KinsaHealth) February 21, 2014
Kinsa keeps it simple–after you download their free app, you simply attach the thermometer through the headphone jack in your smartphone to take temperatures. The only FDA-approved thermometer on the market also helps you locate the nearest doctor, and the company is also working on a feature termed “local health weather” that lets you know of any conditions spreading around your area via other user’s input, the CDC and social media.
Although the thermometer device is specifically designed for parents and their children, it certainly benefits anyone. The company ran a “Freebie Friday” special yesterday; keep up with any possible upcoming specials by following Kinsa’s Twitter account.
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