Review of the Thermo WiFi Connected Temporal Artery Thermometer from Withings



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Summary

Thermo from Withings is a temporal artery thermometer that is fast, accurate and easy to use and it’s companion app is a great way to track a child’s temperature, symptoms and response to medication during the course of an illness. A great addition to any family’s medical cabinet.

Our Rating

 

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Ask any parent of a sick child – the last thing they want to do when a sick child finally falls asleep is to wake them up, but if they are running a fever monitoring their temperature is vital, so finding a way to check their temperature without waking them is important. When my oldest son was a baby I was faced with this dilemma, and my solution was to buy a temporal artery thermometer, they were pretty new on the market then so it was an unusual choice, but a turned out to be a great decision. I was able to easily check my son’s temperature any time of the day or night without waking him and it was much simpler to use than the ear thermometers. We had to replace that thermometer after several years but almost 13 years later the temporal artery thermometer is now used in most pediatrician’s offices I visit, and is still my preferred way to measure my kids’ temperatures. The temporal artery thermometer I bought 13 years ago is still the most popular one in the stores, so it definitely prime for an update.

With the new Thermo Withings have taken the tried and true technology of the temporal artery thermometer and brought it up to date by linking it with a detailed and informative app. I recently had the opportunity to test out the Thermo and was interested to see how it performed.Thermo with App

Why Use a Temporal Artery Thermometer?

It is quick, easy, accurate and non-invasive.
The temporal artery connects to the heart via the carotid artery and gives an accurate assessment of the temperature inside the heart and thus the core body temperature. The temporal artery comes close to the skin at the forehead and the temperature is measured via infrared using a quick swipe across the forehead.

Set Up

Before you use Thermo for the first time you need to install the free Withings Thermo app, and follow the on screen instructions to set up your Thermo. I’d recommend doing this  when you first get your Thermo so it’s all set up and ready to go when you need it. If you already have a Withings account it will import your profiles from that but you can also add additional users from within the app, this way all family members have their own health record.

In Use

To scan you simply place the Thermo in the center of the forehead, press the button and swipe gently across the forehead towards the hairline. It beeps once and lights flash to tell you it is starting scanning and twice when the reading is complete and the temperature displays on Thermo. The whole thing takes literally 2-3 seconds. The thermometer measures the temperature using infrared so you don’t even need to touch the skin. Thermo is about half the size and weight of my traditional temporal artery thermometer and both take reading in a few seconds.

It is recommended to scan 3 times and use the highest temperature reading. I found that most of my readings were within 0.1°F -0.2°F  of each other, and by taking 3 readings I could easily see if any readings were out of touch with the others.

After you have taken the readings Thermo sends the results to your phone and you can then allocate the readings to a particular person, or discard them.

The App

I love temporal artery thermometers for their speed, accuracy and ease of use but where Thermo stands out from other temporal artery thermometers is in the extra value the app brings. With the app you don’t need to remember what your child’s temperature was yesterday or 2hrs ago, thermo will do that for you. It creates a record that you can easily look back at to see how your child’s temperature has changed over time. It also allows you to make notes each time you take the temperature, plus record the child’s symptoms and any medication given, you can even add pictures. This is useful not only for seeing trends yourself, but also when more than 1 person is caring for a sick child. You don’t have to remember to ask your spouse when your child last had medicine or ask what symptoms the child had whilst you were at work. It is also very useful when visiting the doctor to be able share a record of the child’s temperature, symptoms and response to medication over the course of their illness.

The app also red flags elevated temperatures and gives advice on medication dosages based on the child’s weight and age for common over the counter medications such as Tylenol. It also gives advice on when you should call a doctor with different advice depending on the age of the child for instance any fever of 100.4F (or above) in a 0-3 month old is an emergency whereas that same temperature in a 5 year old would be considered a mild fever. It also gives advice on symptoms that are serious enough to warrant calling the doctor even if no fever is present.

Summary

Thermo from Withings is a temporal artery thermometer that is fast, accurate and easy to use and it’s companion app is a great way to track a child’s temperature, symptoms and response to medication during the course of an illness. A great addition to any family’s medical cabinet.

Available from Withings.com, Apple Stores and other retailers RRP $99.95

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Thermo (Withings / Nokia)
by Withings

Category: Health & Fitness, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76, iPhoneXS-iPhoneXS, iPhoneXSMax-iPhoneXSMax, iPhoneXR-iPhoneXR, iPad812-iPad812, iPad834-iPad834, iPad856-iPad856, iPad878-iPad878
Size: 97.78 MB

$FREE

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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

Review of the Withings Go- an Affordable Activity and Sleep Tracker

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Pros…

Tracks sleep, steps, running, swimming; long battery life, waterproof, integrates with a variety of apps, stores several days of data, affordable

Cons…

Can not track elevation change or heart rate, sleep tracking not that accurate

Summary

If you are looking for an affordable sleep and activity tracker the Withings Go is a good option. It is waterproof, has a long battery life, can be worn in a variety of ways and integrates with many apps and devices via Withings Healthmate

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What do you look for in an activity tracker? Long battery life? Easy to use? Ability to track sleep, steps, different types of exercise? Waterproof? Affordable? Available in multiple color options? If you answered yes to any, or all of the above then you may be interested in the new Withings Go activity tracker , which I recently had the opportunity to test. It is an affordable, waterproof activity and sleep tracker that has a long battery life and comes in  5 different colors. It is a circular tracker with an e-ink display that a little bigger than a quarter. It works with the Withings Health Mate app and can be worn in a variety of ways.

In Use

The Go can be carried in a pocket, worn on the wrist using the included wristband or clipped to your clothing with the included clip. My preferred way of using it is with the wristband. It is soft and comfortable and easy to adjust. If you want to switch to using the clip it only takes seconds to remove from the wristband and install in the clip, so it is very flexible. The Go itself is white and you can choose to have the background display white or black, but the wristband and clip come in a variety of color options. I tested out the simple black, but I like all the fun color options- pink, green, yellow and blue that add a splash of bright color.

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To fully use the Go you need to install the free Withings Healthmate app and connect to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. The screen of the Go has an E Ink display, similar to those on a Kindle, so it is permanently on and easy to read in a variety of light conditions (but not in the dark.) The screen shows a running man and lines appear around the periphery to show how far you have come in your daily steps goal (you can adjust your target steps via the app). Once you reach your goal the man is replaced by a star and it continues to record steps. A hard press on the center of the display switches it to time mode. The time is displayed in the style of an analog watch but without numbers, so it can be a little tricky to tell the difference between say 9.25 and 10.25. You can see your daily steps and the time directly on the Go, but for more detailed data you need to use the Healthmate app on your smartphone. You don’t need to keep it connected to your phone all the time, when you are unconnected the Go will store several days worth of data for the next time you synch. I found this very useful on camping trips, where to conserve my phone battery I keep Bluetooth off most of the time, but can still  periodically check on my daily activity level. I have had trips where I have not connected for several days and still was able to download all my data when I got home and recharged my phone. On one camping trip I did discover that it is a good idea to remove the Go before applying DEET- based insect repellants,  I accidentally splashed some on the screen and it left permanent marks.

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Within the Healthmate app you can see steps taken, distance walked; time plus calories burned for each session of walking; as well as separate listing for running and swimming. For me personally I found the walking and running tracked well, but my swim stroke must not fit their algorithm as it does not recognize when I swim (which was the same for me with the Withings Activite Pop we previously reviewed.) The Go also tracks your sleep if you wear it during sleep. It measures light and deep sleep, awakenings and total time slept. It measures based on movement so it is not as accurate as dedicated sleep systems such as the Withings Aura. I did find it sometimes recorded me as sleeping when I was lying still reading or watching television, but it was still a useful reminder for me to see when I was getting an adequate amount of sleep and when I need to change habits to improve my sleep.

Through the Healthmate app it automatically integrates data from other Withings devices such as the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor and smart scales, it also allows you to manually log information such as weight and blood pressure. Healthmate also integrates with Apple Healthkit and many third party health and fitness apps. You can log your nutrition with My Fitness pal and use your favorite apps such Runkeeper and have the data integrated with Healthmate.

 

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Features

For me to regularly use a fitness tracker I find I need to take it off as little as possible- when I remove it is when I’m likely to forget to put it on again and miss tracking. For that reason I much prefer trackers that don’t need frequent charging and the Go is great for this- it runs on a regular button battery which should last up to 8 months (mine is still going strong after 2 months of use.) It is also water-resistant up to 50m which means I can leave it on when showering or swimming so again less opportunity to forget to put it on. Bring able to wear it in a variety of ways makes it flexible- I like to wear it on my wrist, but my husband prefers to clip on a waistband. It is affordably priced at $79.95. Unlike some more expensive trackers it doesn’t have an altimeter so cannot track elevation change, and it doesn’t measure heart rate.

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Summary

I reviewed the Withings Activite Pop earlier in the year and still love it-  the Go is not as stylish as the Activite Pop and although it does tell time it looks like an activity tracker rather than a watch. However the Go is less than half the price of the Activite Pop, so if you are looking for a budget friendly alternative the Go is definitely worth a look.

If you are looking for an affordable sleep and activity tracker the Withings Go is a good option. It is waterproof, has a long battery life, can be worn in a variety of ways, you can see your daily step count at a glance without your smartphone, and tracks steps, sleep, running and swimming. It integrates with many apps and devices via Withings Healthmate app all for under $80.

 

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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Weather+ (BAR228) Advanced Bluetooth Temperature and Humidity Sensor for Smartphones from Oregon Scientific- Review

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What we love…

Ability to track multiple sensors in one app, can record how temperature, humidity and pressure vary over time, ability to customize  frequency of recording and notifications

What we’d love to see…

WiFi connectivity so you can check when out of Bluetooth range

Summary

Oregon Scientific’s Weather+ sensor allows you to track temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure either indoors or outdoors, both in real time and historically via your smartphone, when in Bluetooth range.

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Do you have a room or rooms in your house that you need to monitor the temperature and humidity in, or need to keep in a specific temperature or humidity range? Maybe a wine cellar, a nursery or even a greenhouse ? You can keep an eye on it via a home weather station but you need to be in the room to check the readings and you don’t get to see how it changes over time. Oregon Scientific’s new Weather + Advanced Bluetooth temperature and humidity sensor provides a solution that allows you to monitor temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure via your smartphone.

To use the sensor you need to download the free Weather+ app and pair it to your device via Bluetooth. It takes AAA batteries and is very simple to set up and pair with your phone. It comes with a selection of 10 different default room type profiles and you can also customize your own. The app will record environmental temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure. For each of these you can decide what units the results are displayed in, and how frequently the parameters should be recorded. You can also set up personalized alerts so that you are notified if the temperature, humidity or atmospheric pressure goes outside the range you set. You can view the data by day, week, month or year.
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I have a family member with a dust mite allergy. To decrease his exposure to dustmites we have installed special mite proof bedding and removed a lot of soft furnishings from his bedroom. His allergist has also recommended keeping the humidity in his room below 50%, as this stops the mites reproducing. The Weather+ sensor is a great tool for monitoring how well we are doing with this, and I have it set to send reminders when the humidity increases so that I remember to put on the dehumidifier. I am also in the process of building a greenhouse, and having a Weather+ sensor in it will be a convenient way to monitor the growing conditions without having to go outside to check multiple times a day.

If you have multiple rooms that need monitoring you can add multiple sensors to the Weather+ app. The sensor can store up to 20 days worth of data and then download it when the phone is back in range. I like this feature as it means if I’m away for a few days I don’t have a gap in my historical data. When I’m at home I find it a very convenient way to keep track of temperature and humidity in specific locations in and around my home, and I love that it can track that data over time and view it graphically.

It also records atmospheric pressure data so you can see how changes there correlate with temperature and humidity changes. The barometric readings also give it the ability to give a localized forecast of how the weather will be over the next 12 -24 hours ( this is via a simple symbol display.) The one thing I do find frustrating at times, is there is no way to check on current conditions if you are away from home. The data is stored so you can access it on your return but you can not check current conditions until you are back in Bluetooth range. It would be nice to have a WiFI enabled option for more long distance monitoring, if you need to check whilst out of Bluetooth range.

Overall, a useful sensor for monitoring and tracking temperature and humidity in individual rooms. This can be very useful for a wine cellar, document storage room, baby room, greenhouse, allergy control and many other uses.

Available from Oregon Scientific RRP $33.99

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Review of the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

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What we love…

Very quick and easy to use, immediate feedback on whether or not your reading is in the optimal range, automatically tracks measurements over time, reminders, easy to share results with your doctor

Summary

If you or a loved one has pre-hypertension, hypertension, or risk factors for it, the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is a great way to make home blood pressure monitoring quick, easy and painless.

Our Rating

 

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February is American Heart Health month, which spotlights the major health problems that heart disease causes, and encourages Americans to focus on improving their cardiovascular health. The CDC estimates approximately 70 million Americans  (29%) suffer from hypertension and a similar number have pre-hypertension (blood pressure that is above normal but not yet in the high blood pressure range.) For those suffering from hypertension and pre-hypertension, or at risk for it, regular blood pressure monitoring is important. Getting into the doctors office for frequent blood pressure checks often isn’t practical, so home blood pressure monitoring can be a better alternative. This month we tested out the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor , which is a device designed to make it easier to measure, record and share blood pressure (BP) readings at home.

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I’m lucky enough that I don’t currently have any blood pressure issues, but I do have a family member who is in the pre-hypertensive range and needs to  monitor his blood pressure regularly. We have had a blood pressure monitor at home for several years because of this, but it spends most of the time gathering dust as he finds it cumbersome to use and as a result he rarely uses it. During American Heart Health Month we have been both measuring our BP regularly using the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor.

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Our previous BP Monitor on Left with separate cuff, tubing, monitor and charger vs Withing Wireless BP Monitor on Right

 

In Use

I found the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor incredibly easy to set up and use. It is used in conjunction with the Withings Health Mate app on your iOS or Android Smartphone or tablet.Within the Health Mate App you can create multiple user accounts, so that you can view all your family’s data in one place. You can also log in to your Health Mate account from multiple devices.

The BP monitor charges via an included USB cable, and once charged it is totally wireless.  The battery life is good, after taking approximately 30 readings my battery still has lots of life left.

To use it: just switch the monitor on by tapping a button, and it will ask to connect to your phone/ tablet via Bluetooth. Once you have connected it the first time it will connect automatically in future, if you have Bluetooth switched on.

Once the BP monitor connects via Bluetooth all the instructions appear on the screen step by step:

1. Rest 5 min, then wrap the arm band around your left arm with the metal tube against your inner arm, about 2cm above your elbow.

2. Stay still during the measurement, sit up straight in a chair, feet flat on the floor, don’t cross your legs.

3. Arm relaxed and resting at heart level e.g. on a table.

4. Press “Start” in the app. (Before doing this you can also switch profiles if you need to.)

Once you press start, the cuff automatically inflates and slowly deflates as it makes the measurement.

Once the measurement is complete the app displays your Systolic BP, Diastolic BP and heart rate. A color coded dot appears next to the BP reading to let you know at a glance if the readings are normal or not. You can set the monitor to take multiple readings automatically and you can also set a reminder so you get a daily notification to remind you to take your blood pressure at your preferred time.

From the Withings Healthmate app you can see your daily activity from all your Withings devices in one place- if you have a Withings Activite Pop your sleep and activity data will appear alongside your BP and Heart rate from the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor. By tapping on the BP reading you can view a graph of your BP and heart rate readings over time. You can also view this data in table form.

If you are under medical care it is also important to be able to easily share your results with your doctor, this is very easy to do. When looking at your BP and Heart Rate data you can choose to share your data via email and can even set up for your readings to be emailed automatically once a day, week or month.

Obviously if you see abnormal readings it is a good idea to consult with your doctor. If want extra help interpreting your results Withings also offers Hy-Result an advanced advisory service as an in-app purchase for $4.99.

I was very impressed with how easy it is to take your Blood Pressure using the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor. Applying the cuff is very simple and the whole system is built in to the cuff and its attached metal tube, there are no tubes, wires or additional accessories. You literally just switch on the monitor, put the cuff around your arm and follow the on screen instructions to make sure you are in a good position for measuring, and press start. It couldn’t be easier! It is so much simpler than the home Blood Pressure Monitor we used previously, that this one actually gets used instead of sitting gathering dust!

I love that you can set reminders to do your measurement, that you immediately know whether or not your reading is in the optimal range and that it automatically tracks your measurements over time. The ability to easily share results with your doctor is also a great feature. With the ability to add multiple family members within your Withings Health Mate account it also means you can use it to make sure family members are taking care of their heart health too. Whether it is checking on a parent who lives elsewhere, or a spouse when you are away from home, you can check that they are remembering to measure their BP and that it staying in their normal range, which is great for peace of mind.

If you or a loved one has pre-hypertension, hypertension, or risk factors for it, the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is a great way to make home blood pressure monitoring quick, easy and painless.

The Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is available from Withings.com, Amazon and other retailers RRP $129.95


NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.