1. A team of researchers in Chennai’s National Hub for Healthcare Instrumentation Development (NHHID) have developed a Bluetooth-based thermometer that can not only detect fever but also communicate with a Smartphone app and share the location.
2. It is meant to aid authorities in identifying and isolating clusters of cases where fever is prevalent.
3. Just like any thermometer, one can self-examine and in case there is a fever, the data and location is sent to the server” Dr Senthilvelan, an Orthopedic Surgeon who is behind this concept.
4. They were conscious to shape it like a thermometer and recommend that the temperature be recorded from the axilla (armpit) due to the variations in skin temperature at different parts of the body.
5. This development gains significance as states in India are recommending home-quarantine of asymptomatic COVID-19 positive patients for optimal utilization of hospital beds for the critical patients.