The Huawei smartphone that detects temperature is the coolest phone of 2020

The Huawei smartphone that detects temperature is the coolest phone of 2020

Smartphones have always been the modern technological equivalent of a Swiss Army knife, combining a phone, music player, camera, GPS, PDA, and more in one device. Now Huawei is launching another device that can be integrated into a smartphone: a thermometer. Honor Play 4 Pro’s Huawei has an IR temperature sensor built into the rear camera block that can measure the surface temperature of people and objects. In a year when containing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic is a major concern and fever may be an early indicator of infection, the Play 4 Pro is an extremely on-the-spot smartphone.

In a video posted on the Chinese social media site Weibo , Huawei demonstrates how the feature will work. Just point the phone at someone’s forehead, tap the app, and the phone will give you a temperature reading. Temperature checks are not a guaranteed way to screen for COVID-19, but fever is a symptom in most hospitalized cases and is very easy to check.

An IR sensor is not as accurate as a thermal imager, and neither device, which reads a surface temperature, is as accurate as an internally detected temperature. However, an IR sensor is cheap and they are already often integrated into a smartphone for face unlock and camera effects, so Huawei was able to react quickly to the pandemic.

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