“Smart Thermometers” Track the Flu Season

Check out this NYT story. You will see “smart thermometers,” i.e., temperature taking devices that upload their data to a company website, being used to track the flu epidemic across the U.S. You should also check out the home page of the company that makes these thermometers. Bottom Line. Here we go again. A health-related gadget. And an accompanying app. Will this offering scale up, or descend forever into oblivion? Asked slightly differently, does the smart thermometer meet a big enough need that it will get a sizable percentage of the American population past “gee whiz” to “must have?” Place your bets!

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