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High-tech thermometer changes health tracking

High-tech thermometer changes health tracking
Photo courtesy of Kinsahealth.com

This flu season, it's time to step into the modern age and upgrade your thermometer. Now there's an app that makes monitoring your health easier.

In the past, thermometers have been relatively low-tech. Even ones with digital options. That's why the Kinsa Smart Thermometer is the next big thing.

The thermometer itself plugs into your smartphone, which keeps track of your family's health information via the app. Of course, the creators are calling it, "the world's smartest thermometer," but how does the technology actually stack up? And is it even worth it?

Kinsa Smart Thermometer App

The first thing to consider here is the cost. Although the app can be downloaded for free by both Apple and Android users, the thermometer itself costs $20-$25. That's more expensive than the average thermometer. But keep in mind, it does offer features you won't find anywhere else.

Consumers report that the thermometer works just as well as others on the market when it comes to comfort and ease of use. The thermometer has a thin, flexible blue stem and a smooth metal sensor. It also has an extension cord that plugs into your phone's headphone jack, which allows additional mobility.

Readings are fast, taking only 10 seconds. And the Kinsa meets ASTM standards for professional accuracy. Once finished with a reading, the app will display your temperature and allow you to list any associated symptoms. You can then save the data, or redo the process to compare results.

Data collection is where the Kinsa Thermometer really shines. This is where other thermometers fall short. They read your temperature, spit out the data, and you're left on your own to figure it out. But the Kinsa rectifies this with its age-specific fever and symptom guidance that helps you know when it’s important to see a doctor.

An additional benefit of the Kinsa is that it connects parents with community groups to keep them aware of illnesses circulating in their child’s school. Naturally, parents love this.

You need this app if there are multiple people who live in your household. Especially, if you have a large family, or live-in parents. Currently, the thermometer is only compatible with: Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, and S5; Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Note 3, Note 4, and iPhones.

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