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Posted on January 8, 2015 by  & 

Blue Spark unveils first-of-its-kind wearable bluetooth

TempTraq™, powered by Blue Spark Technologies, is at the forefront of combining innovative, cutting-edge technology and design that today's busy parents crave. The company's flagship product is the only wearable intelligent Bluetooth® thermometer in the form of a soft patch that continuously and comfortably monitors body temperature for 24 hours.
Making its debut at this year's Consumer Electronics Show and pending FDA premarket review, TempTraq is truly a new frontier in digital thermometers. TempTraq is powered by Blue Spark Technologies' patented, printed flexible battery and includes a free downloadable Apple or Android compatible app, allowing users to reach a new level of health care for children of all ages, and even adults.
"TempTraq allows parents to keep a close watch on their child's temperature without having to continually disturb them," said John Gannon, president and CEO of Blue Spark Technologies. "Our wireless, wearable thermometer gives parents peace of mind and their children the rest they need to get better. It's the only way to monitor a sick child."
All users have to do is press the "start" button to activate the thermometer and connect it to the app via the unique code provided. As long as the caregiver is within range of the thermometer, they can easily review data and receive alerts, up to 40 feet away. They then apply the thin, flexible patch thermometer to the underarm of the child, similar to an adhesive bandage.
Highly accurate, the TempTraq thermometer measures temperatures between 86.0°F and 108.3°F. Unlike other available devices that provide users with only one point of data and offer no continuous monitoring or alerts, the TempTraq app displays both real time and historical temperature data transmitted from the patch in graphical or tabular view, making it possible for caregivers to see fluctuations and quickly adapt treatment.
TempTraq further simplifies the temperature reading process by providing easy-to-follow colors that indicate temperature levels: Green, less than 100.4°F; orange, equal to or greater than 100.4°F; red, equal to or above the user-set temperature level. Caregivers can even receive alerts when a child's temperature enters this designated red zone.
For parents who want to share temperature data with their doctors or family members, TempTraq allows users to send recorded information via email. Through the app, parents can also keep track of when their child eats, drinks or takes medicine. For those caring for multiple children, the TempTraq app conveniently allows them to monitor multiple thermometers simultaneously.
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IDTechEx Comment

This is an exciting development. The creation of this product is an example of a component supplier moving downstream to create a complete product - something IDTechEx has advocated for a long time.
Xiaoxi He, Technology Analyst at IDTechEx says, "Printed batteries have already been applied to iontophoresis skin patch applications. A button battery would be very uncomfortable here and the value propositions of printed batteries justify considerable premium pricing. Printed batteries can also be used in temperature monitoring labels, as shown in this case. More applications are expected to be found, especially in wearables and medical sector." IDTechEx finds that thin and flexible energy storage devices will create a market in excess of $400M in 2025. For more details, please refer to IDTechEx's new report: Flexible, Printed and Thin Film Batteries 2015-2025: Technologies, Forecasts, Players.

About Blue Spark Technologies, Inc.

Headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, Blue Spark Technologies, Inc. is the leader in developing thin, flexible, printed power solutions for printed electronic systems. Founded in 2002 to commercialize thin printed battery technology from Energizer, the company has evolved to include printed electronics solutions development utilizing their proprietary battery technology to create unique thin and flexible solutions. Blue Spark Technologies' latest innovation, TempTraq™, is powered by Blue Spark Technologies' patented, printed flexible battery, and is the only wearable wireless thermometer patch that continuously, and comfortably, monitors body temperature for 24 hours and sends alerts to Apple or Android compatible mobile devices.
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