This post was sponsored by Kinsa Health. All opinions and experiences are 100% mine.
Thankfully, we’ve been blessed with a happy and healthy daughter. Jedi has only suffered through one cold, although using the word “suffered” doesn’t seem like an accurate portrayal of the experience. Throughout the absolute sniffles last year, she remained rather bubbly for a baby. We weren’t even sure if she was sick – but the congestion pretty much solidified her condition as a flat fact. What a trooper!
A couple of days ago, Jedi woke up quite hoarse. We weren’t sure what to make of it. Just the night before, she had been her regular ol’ self. Sure, she’s prone to expressing random screams of elation – but we didn’t think anything was out of the ordinary with her behavior (or her voice). Immediately, we turned to our digital thermometer to see if she was running a fever. Fortunately, she was registering in a normal temperature range. We remained concerned.
There’s a myth that’s been circulating on the Internet for decades – that I love tech. However, I simply do NOT love technology for the sake of it being technology. That’s a pointless proposition (and an empty passion). I love what technology does to empower us, and absolutely loathe how some use it to destroy others.
It’s with that approach, I look carefully when it comes time to find tools to better fit my needs. Otherwise, I’d be like: “Oh, it’s new tech – it must be good because it’s new tech.” Or: “Hey, it runs on batteries – it must be more amazing than anything else.” Yeah, no. There’s more to it than that.
As luck would have it, Kinsa had reached out to me recently to ask if I’d be able to take a look at their “smart” thermometer. Smart? I already know how to interpret numbers, and my current thermometer isn’t broken. Well, it’s not the thermometer itself that’s necessarily smart – it’s the system tied between the Kinsa Smart Thermometer and its corresponding smartphone app (available for iOS & Android).
And, before I forget to tell you, they’re offering this product at a reasonable $19.99 (instead of $24.99) if you happen to get a Kinsa Smart Thermometer through me.
Normally, you would take a child’s temperature (or your own, perhaps) and be done with it. But what about tracking data over time without a struggle, keeping it organized to report to your physician, or being aware of what all symptoms combined may mean without having to do further research? What about being aware of localized trends that may further pinpoint a likely illness? Yes, you could probably spend hours upon hours of research (because, we all know that a parent has nothing but extra time on their hands) – or you could get it all done in about a minute.
What’s your time worth to you as a parent (or a person, for that matter)? Sometimes, the worst part of a child’s illness is not knowing or not having enough information that you can use to better diagnose (or help your child care provider help remedy the situation with recorded intelligence). We felt helpless when Jedi was sick – not just because she couldn’t communicate effectively with us as an infant, but because we wanted to help her feel better as soon as we possibly could.
An app in conjunction with hardware may not get you (or your child) well any sooner, but it will give you far more insight to better lead you to making decisions as parents. Ignorance is not bliss – it’s dangerous when you’re speaking to the health of yourself or your loved ones. This is a tool to combat ignorance with actionable intelligence. Smart technology isn’t smart unless it helps you make smarter decisions – and that’s why the Kinsa Smart Thermometer is now in our array of parenting tools.
Oh, and Jedi’s voice is making a recovery; she likely has laryngitis, so we’re keeping her hydrated with plain ol’ water and trying to keep her from using her voice as much as we possibly can (though, reasoning with a 1.5 year old is quite often an exercise in futility). I’m happy to say we didn’t have a chance to give this smart thermometer a full workout this time around – but the next illness may be right around the corner.
Kinsa does meet ASTM and ISO standards for professional accuracy, and may take a quick 10 seconds to get a reading. You can use it orally, rectally, or under the arm; we opt to go with the least invasive measurement option. You can use disposable plastic tips, too (though the device is water resistant and can be cleaned without worry). Use it to track any member of your family – unless one of you never gets sick.
And if you always have a fever with the only prescription being more cowbell, there may be no hope for you. Pac-man fever may still be treated with a 99.9% cure rate, though. This smart thermometer may not be able to detect or diagnose either one of these afflictions. Sorry. Maybe in the next iteration?
Get one now (with a 20% discount) – before you need it.
- It’s a portable workhorse – I use it for video, primarily
- The display is everything I’d want it to be
- The screen sits firmly in place – not much wobble in use
- It processes videos faster with every Final Cut Pro X revision
- Keyboard is same as wireless keyboard – muscle memory
- Plenty of accessible ports for me
- A logo isn’t screaming at me when I use it
- UI rendering isn’t as snappy as I’d like it in OS X Yosemite
- The chassis gets dirty easily
- The screen gets inexplicably crapped-up regularly
- The built in FaceTime camera is only 720p, horrid low light perf
- The built-in mic picks up fan noise
- The HDMI port is output only, not input
- Clean design, but not readily (or easily) upgraded
I think that if you’re going to use Windows 10 on a regular basis (or at all), you owe it to yourself to read up on a few new aspects and features of the OS:
I used the word “potential” intentionally – as it carries double-meaning in this context. Windows 10 has the potential to either elevate or further sideline Microsoft Windows – and I’m also highlighting potential snags to those who blindly agree to Windows 10’s terms without understanding the consequences (or don’t perceive these features as “gotchas”).
Either way, Windows 10 is full of potential.
- Every detail is sharper, even when zoomed in a bit or scaled up
- Future-proofed with 4Ghz Intel Core i7, 32 GB 1600 MHz DDR3, AMD Radeon R9 M295X
- The 1TB SSD is ample for my needs
- Plenty of space on the screen to eliminate need for second monitor
- Clean design: front, back, side – all around, well done
- Ability to run Windows side-by-side (or within, thanks to Parallels)
- For my average needs, it’s just as powerful as a Mac Pro
- Giving one away at http://deals.lockergnome.com/
- Speed bump over Mac Pro 2008, hardly perceivable in software yet
- Apple logo in front – I know it’s an iMac, you put your logo on the back
- The 720p webcam seems to be in radical need of an update
- The fan kicks in quickly when watching video, especially in Chrome or Flash
- USB 3.0 ports already seem outdated with USB Type C around the corner
- Unless something changes, this is my primary Mac desktop for another 4 years
- I still feel a need to plug in an external mic for all recordings
- Giving one away at http://deals.lockergnome.com/
iPad sales are flat, but just because more and more people aren’t buying a new iPad is not indicative of a failure on Apple’s part.
Quite the opposite.
People seem to be quite content with their old(er) iPads. They’re likely not seeing the value in buying a new one if the old one is serving their needs. In many ways, users may be treating iPad like it’s a classic PC – not expecting to upgrade this computer until it breaks.
People continue to use iPad as a PC replacement, too – including buying items through Apple and generating revenue for the company in tow.
How is that anywhere near a failure?
Yes, the onus is still on Apple to drive value (and revenue) through hardware improvements, but even when it can’t sell a user the latest iteration… at least that person is probably happy with their current iPad.
I don’t think a happy user could be categorized in the “failure” column. If anything, Apple needs to further adjust its expectations and create more value in services, software, and ecosystem to compensate accordingly.