So, what’s the latest buzz in the tech world? Well, Google‘s just dropped a cool new feature for the Google Pixel 8 Pro. And it’s not just any feature, it’s a significant upgrade to the smartphone’s thermometer. Yeah, you heard it right. The phone’s infrared sensor, originally designed for measuring object temperature, can now gauge body temperature. And it’s contactless!
The brains behind this? Google Health’s team. They’ve been working their socks off to integrate health tools into Pixel phones. The goal? Convenience, accuracy, and hygiene.
Now, let’s talk about precision. The Google Pixel 8 Pro’s thermometer sensor is no joke. It works with a remarkable precision of ±0.3°C. That’s some serious accuracy, right?
Where’s this sensor located, you ask? It’s near the rear camera. Users can scan their temporal artery by sweeping the phone across the forehead. Google reckons this method is more accurate than traditional forehead thermometers. The temperature range? A solid 96.9°F – 104°F (36.1°C – 40°C). And Google’s clinical trials back this up, comparing favorably with an FDA-cleared temporal artery thermometer.
But wait, there’s more. The Pixel 8 Pro also incorporates the LDAF (laser detection autofocus) sensor. This little guy detects the phone’s proximity to the forehead before starting a measurement. This ensures optimal positioning for accurate readings. Plus, haptic feedback and audio instructions guide users through the process. User-friendly? Check.
The infrared sensor of the Pixel 8 Pro is pretty impressive too. It boasts a wide field of view (over 130 degrees) and needs to be within half an inch of the skin for accurate readings. The team emphasizes the contactless nature of the measurement. It’s a hygiene win, preventing the spread of germs.
And here’s the cherry on top. The FDA has finally approved this thermometer function. Google underwent a rigorous FDA De Novo classification process for the thermometer feature. This ensured it meets the standards of regulated medical devices. The process involved a clinical validation study with a large number of participants, focusing on accuracy, safety, and ease of use. The approval underscores the thermometer’s reliability and its ability to function without an internet connection. So, even if you don’t have access to any thermometer but your phone, you’re covered.