Title: Google’s Pixel 8 Pro Introduces Temperature Sensor Feature, but Faces Challenges and Limitations
Google has recently updated its Pixel 8 Pro smartphone to include a unique feature – a temperature sensor that can measure human body temperature. However, utilizing this feature can be quite challenging and finicky, according to users.
The temperature sensor is located in the rear camera array, making it difficult for users to gauge whether they are using it correctly as they cannot see the screen. To address this issue, Google provides an instructional video to guide users on how to use the temperature sensor, but it still requires some trial and error.
Although the feature is designed to take body temperature readings, it is more suitable for measuring someone else’s temperature rather than your own. This is because storing other people’s health data on one’s phone may seem strange and raise privacy concerns.
Accuracy is also a concern with this feature. Some users have reported that the phone provided inaccurate readings, such as showing body temperatures as low as 95 degrees Fahrenheit, which is close to the threshold of hypothermia. Additionally, the feature is only calibrated for forehead readings, making readings from other body parts less reliable.
Factors like direct sunlight, cold environments, and sweaty foreheads can easily affect the accuracy of the temporal artery temperature readings provided by the sensor. Users need to consider these potential interferences to ensure reliable results.
To ensure safety and reliability, Google obtained De Novo FDA clearance for the temperature sensor feature. This clearance indicates that the feature is generally safe, but it may not have a similar equivalent in the market.
The temperature app includes disclaimers stating that the readings may vary and are intended as general guides only. It emphasizes that users should not rely solely on these readings and should consult a healthcare professional for accurate advice.
Given the challenges and limitations associated with the temperature sensor feature, it is unlikely that the average person would find it useful or use it regularly. However, for certain circumstances, such as monitoring someone else’s body temperature, the feature could prove helpful.
As Google continues to innovate, it remains to be seen whether improvements will be made to address the usability and accuracy concerns raised by users.