It’s that time of the year where everyone around you is sniffling, coughing, or coming down with something. As we all try to dodge viruses, hurdle over flu-ridden bodies or hibernate until the horror ends some will sadly fall victim to bed ridden symptoms. For many that next step is to use a thermometer and find out if it’s much worse than the common cold. And you could do that, use the same old thermometers you always have had or you could pick up a new device that not only told you your body temperature but also what you are suffering from along with the health of those in your local area.
The Kinsa is a smart thermometer doing just that. The oral device is plugged into your iPhone and collects temperature data to build a history of your health. With more and more people using the application and thermometer Kinsa is creating the world’s first real-time map of human health. With it, they will empower society with information to track and stop the spread of disease, and simultaneously transform the way people care for their families.
Kinsa’s thermometer itself has no actual display or battery power. It all functions by connecting to your iPhone and the company’s accompanying app which uses a simple interface and easy to follow instructions to make taking your temperature or your child’s temperature even easier.
For a parent, knowing ‘what’s going around’ at their child’s first sign or symptom could mean the difference between a week at home caring for their sick child and life as normal. Once the data has been passed to you are given information on how to get better faster, connect with user groups, or contact their doctor with a tap of a button.
Being able to show the ‘health weather’ through data collected by your usage when ill will help everyone prevent the spread of disease. That’s the hope of Kinsa, which states their goal to provide a health system to better respond to the first sign of symptoms in their local area and in themselves. With their real-time map physicians will be able to better diagnose and care for patients. And society will finally have a tool to track – and stop – the spread of disease.