AR COVID-19 Glasses Allow You to "See" the Temperature of Those around You

The glasses use an infrared sensor.
Loukia Papadopoulos

A new Chinese startup is offering a product in the fight against COVID-19 that is straight out of a science fiction movie, reported Reuters. What might that be? Wearable glasses that measure the temperature of all around you.

Taking AR tech to the streets

The firm called Rokid develops augmented reality products for gaming but has now taken its tech to the street to help in the fight against this global pandemic. The Hangzhou-based company developed the glasses in just two weeks.

Rokid Vice President Xiang Wenjie says demand is booming for the glasses called T1. The firm has already sold roughly 1,000 pairs to governments, industrial parks, and schools.

“Apart from fixed temperature measurement, T1 can provide portable, distant and prompt temperature checking, which would be a great help,” Xiang told Reuters.

The T1 augmented reality glasses can record people’s temperatures up to three meters away. And not only do they help people spot temperatures, but they can also deploy augmented reality features to record photos and videos hands-free.  

How does it work?

How does T1 spot temperatures? It uses an infrared sensor that measures nearby temperatures with the help of a camera and then transfers that information over to the display.

The company has now announced it is improving its T1 glasses in order to take multiple temperatures simultaneously. This will make them ideal for use in crowded spaces such as malls and airports to help with the fight against COVID-19.

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“With more new products coming out, especially these glasses, we think we can use them to conduct contactless temperature measurement, they are very efficient when faced with a big crowd of people,” Jin Keli, president of Greentown Property Management, told Reuters.

Rokid announced on its website that it completed a round of “billion-dollar” financing led by investors, Swiss bank Credit Suisse, Singaporean holding company Temasek, and others. 

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