As the world’s health care systems continue their fight against COVID-19, many tech companies have used their resources to produce vital PPE’s and medical equipment. The latest company to join the fight against COVID-19 is Chinese based Rokid, and its thermal detection glasses.
The glasses, which have been named ‘T1’ are powered by a Qualcomm chipset and features an infrared scanner capable of measuring the temperatures of up to 200 people from a distance of 3 meters. The T1’s also comes with a 12MP camera, supports augmented reality and has facial recognition software.
#Technology used in Rokid Glass T1 provides real-time critical information to #FrontLineHeroes on the scene. And to think, we’ve only begun to scratch the surface! #AugmentedReality #AR #AI #VR #MR #TECH #TuesdayThoughts #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/QbRUWb5PXl
— Rokid (@RokidInc) April 7, 2020
All these features mean that in theory, health officials could quickly scan large groups of people to see who has a fever, one of the symptoms of COVID-19.
It must be stressed that simply having a fever does NOT mean you have been infected with the coronavirus. A fever is one of the many symptoms an individual could display when they have contracted COVID-19. However, these glasses could at the very least be used to identify individuals who are visibly sick and so medical workers can perform additional tests on them.
Rokid are reportedly pitching the T1’s to a number of different companies based in the US. Although, given the shaky relationship between the USA and China, we doubt any US based company will be happy to purchase thermal detecting, facial recognition glasses from a country with questionable ethics regarding personal privacy.
Image: Twitter/ @Rokid