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A US company donates its IR-powered remote thermometers to authorities affected by COVID-19

The ICI HotSpot non-contact thermometer. (Source: ICI)
The ICI HotSpot non-contact thermometer. (Source: ICI)
Infrared Cameras Inc. is a Texas-based company that makes products that allow the assessment of a target's core temperature without touching them. For example, its HotSpot thermometer uses infrared (IR) technology to help assess symptoms such as fever. This useful device is now in the hands of more officials worldwide.

A recent market analysis report has indicated that the electronics sector as a whole may see an overall negative impact while isolation or lock-down measures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic are in effect. Nevertheless, it cannot be said that tech is not doing its part during this difficult time. Besides the inarguably vital role of healthcare equipment and data applications, OEMs and other companies have been donating their time and resources to fight the coronavirus and its effect on the entire world.

Infrared Cameras Inc (ICI) is a particularly relevant and interesting example of these manufacturers. It produces the HotSpot IR non-contact infrared thermometer, a device that can be used to remotely measure the skin or body temperature of its human subjects in a suitably remote manner. Therefore, it can be used to help detect fever, a prominent COVID-19 symptom, in those at whom it is pointed.

The HotSpot thermometer can measure body temperatures of between 89.6 degress Fahrenheit (°F) to 108.5 °F (32.0 degrees Celsius (°C) to 42.5 °C (give or take up to 0.5 °F/0.3 °C) with a range of 5 to 15 centimeters. Therefore, the user can assess patients or individuals without impugning sanitary or social-distancing bounds.

ICI has donated 235 of these devices to authorities "in China and other locations" in conjunction with the public health crisis. Therefore, they may already be in use by officials tasked with clearing people to move about without the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-03-25 (Update: 2020-03-25)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.