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Japanese firm invents mirror to spot the flu

Jan. 13, 2011 - 18:11 By 이지윤
TOKYO (AFP) ― A Japanese technology firm on Tuesday unveiled a mirror-like thermometer that can identify a person who is feverish.

“Thermo Mirror,” which looks like a table mirror, measures the skin temperature of the person looking into it, without the need for physical contact, said the firm, NEC Avio Infrared Technologies.

The person’s temperature is displayed on the surface, and the device has an alarm that will beep when detecting a subject who is feverish.
The thermo mirror can provide an alarm to alert the user when they have a fever. (AFP-Yonhap News)

With two versions priced at 98,000 yen and 120,000 yen ($1,180-$1,440) each, the product costs less than 10 percent of thermography cameras used at airports to screen for people who might have communicable diseases, the company said.

“We foresee uses at corporate receptions, schools, hospitals and public facilities,” NEC Avio said in a statement.

The company said it aimed to sell 5,000 units in one year.