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The Pixel 8 Pro is one goofy way to take your temperature

Google Pixel 8 Pro in bay blue on a light pink background surrounded by blue plastic squares
Putting the temperature sensor on the rear… was certainly a choice for body temperature scans. | Photo by Allison Johnson / The Verge

Earlier this week, Google updated the Pixel 8 Pro to let its strange new temperature sensor finally take readings of human bodies. I regret to inform you that, having used it, it doesn’t make this feature any less baffling.

To measure body temperature, you have to sweep the phone’s infrared temperature sensor over the side of your forehead, right above the temporal artery. So far, nothing super odd here. Just this month, I got to check out the Withings BeamO, a 4-in-1 multiscope that also has you scan the same kind of sensor over the same artery to measure your temperature. The difference is the BeamO was quite easy to use, while the Pixel 8 Pro was incredibly finicky.

Screenshot: Richard Lawler / The Verge

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