by Low Lai Chow in Tech on Thursday 16 May 2013

A thermometer measures temperature. Sure, but it can do so much more. New York-based Kinsa, which aims to create the world’s first real-time map of human health, has given the thermometer a complete overhaul with its Kinsa Smart Thermometer.

The redesigned thermometer leverages on the connectivity of the smartphone to go beyond measuring your body heat — it can also track the health situation in your neighborhood, update you on what illnesses are going around, as well as hazard a quick forecast as to the infection you might have caught and give advice on what you can do about it.

Also in development are features such as a one-touch call nurse function, as well as the ability to dispatch photos and videos over quickly to your doctor. Kinsa is now appealing for funds via a Indiegogo campaign that will end in mid-June.