The summer sun is beating down, the air conditioning is blasting, and people everywhere are trying to beat the heat. But what about when you're dealing with more than a little bit of discomfort? Fevers and heatstroke can be serious, and medical device technology has come a long way in monitoring body temperature. Here are some of our favorite new medical devices to help you better keep an eye on yourself and your loved ones so you can track fevers and help prevent heatstroke.
Kinsa Smart Thermometer
This Indiegogo-funded thermometer not only takes your temperature, but it can also provide medical guidance. The Kinsa keeps individual records for each member of your family, tracking fever, symptoms, and medications through their app. Using this information, the Kinsa will give advice on how best to proceed, giving you a nudge to see a doctor when the time is right. Since the app saves data for every family member, it can be extremely helpful when you go in to see a healthcare provider, because it will give them a whole picture of your symptoms, an accurate time frame, and the medications that you've been taking.
You've seen wearables before, but have you seen one you actually put in your mouth? The SMRT MOUTH device is specially designed for athletes interested in monitoring performance and making sure they don't exceed their limits. Heat-related injuries are common in sports and can occasionally be fatal--in football alone, there have been 53 deaths since 1995 simply from over-heating. The SMRT MOUTH mouth guard delivers real-time biometric data and tracks circulation, respiration, exertion, hydration, and more to allow coaches to keep an eye on their player's health and prevent heatstroke.
If you have little ones, you've dealt with the struggle of caring for them when they get sick. In keeping an eye on their fever, you're forced to take their temperature by using thermometers that have to go in their ears, under their tongue, or across their forehead, which can just exacerbate their discomfort. The Fever Scout device eliminates this need. The soft wearable device provides constant temperature monitoring that you can view from your smartphone or tablet, allowing you to monitor their temperature from anywhere without using an invasive thermometer. That way, they can get maximum rest, and you can take comfort in the fact that you have a constant, accurate reading of their temperature.
Another device for those of us who like to get active, the Spree Wearables line provides biometric tracking in a unique way. Using data provided from the forehead--the most accurate place on the body to determine temperature--the Spree Smartcap and Headband use medical-grade technology to let you keep an eye on your body. Using the app, you can view real-time information about your fitness progress including heart rate, speed, and of course, body temperature. Before Spree, you would need to wear multiple devices to obtain this much data about your workout, but now a simple headband can tell you everything you need to know so you can push yourself to your limits without exceeding them.
The Fever Smart patch has many uses. First and foremost, it's a wearable device that constantly monitors your body temperature, allowing you to keep an eye on your fever. Additionally, it can be useful for women planning to get pregnant so they can more closely monitor their basal body temperature. When it comes to illness, the Fever Smart is unique because it will actually alert you when temperatures rise or reach unsafe levels. It has been used in hospitals to allow nurses to have a constant stream of data about their multiple patients so they can better use their time to attend to those that need it most. Their incredible technology is changing lives, and Fever Smart is currently looking to work with government officials to distribute their product to countries with a high Ebola risk to assist in early detection to reduce the spread of the disease.