ihealth and thermometer maker Provenance have been awarded patents on the technology behind their smart thermometers.
ihealth uses a patented, self-healing ceramic sensor to detect and measure temperature.
The temperature of the sensor is continuously adjusted, so the sensor remains active when the user is not using it.
The sensors also have built-in sensors for detecting pressure, humidity and even light pressure.
The company claims that its smart thermometers are safer and more accurate than thermometers that require the user to manually switch off the sensors.
In an article published by the Journal of Industrial and Applied Pharmacy, iHealth said its smart sensors were tested for 10 years and “only detected temperature changes when a person touched the device or held the device in the hand”.
iHealth has been testing the technology since 2016, and in 2018 it won a patent covering its smart sensor technology.
iHealth’s patents for the smart thermocouples include the patent application No. 11/5,743,097 and No. 13/744,058, covering the sensor’s “physical, optical, electromagnetic and non-linear sensor” and “integrated sensing system”.
iHeart said in a statement: “We are excited about the progress in this area, and we look forward to working with our patent partners to continue developing the technology for our smart thermoelectric devices.”
The company said that the patents cover its “electronic sensing system”, which is a “multi-layer, low-cost electronic sensing unit” that can be “used to create temperature-sensitive displays, which are a hallmark of thermoechos” iHealth says its thermometer will also allow for a “sensor that is more robust, which is important to our customers.” iHealth also said it has received a number of patent applications for smart thermotechnologies.
“As the world becomes more connected and connected-ed and as we move into the digital age, we are always looking for innovative and innovative-looking technologies that are both cost-effective and scalable,” the company said.
iHeart also said that it has been working with researchers at the University of Rochester, the University at Buffalo, the National University of Singapore and the University College London to design and develop thermometer sensors.