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Adult Forehead Thermometer

Static stick, color changing forehead thermometer for adults
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Very similar to the static-stick, color changing forehead thermometers for kids, but with one simple, yet key difference... The temperature is INVERSE. That's so the user can read it (their own temp) in a mirror!

Single parent homes are growing in numbers. Families often all get sick at the same time. It could be used away from home, even in the car.

HipGnosis, Jan 22 2008

(?) Already Baked http://www.extra-mile.com/color/fever.htm
...by the same people who bring you baby forehead thermometers. [DrCurry, Jan 22 2008]

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       As a long term and quite probably forever single person, I want to say "yes, please". [+]
Noexit, Jan 22 2008
  

       Consumer advice? C'mon [DrCurry]!
phoenix, Jan 22 2008
  

       The chap didn't read far enough down the page (on just about any page that actually sells these things). Moreover, '"An X that doesn't do Y", or "An X that also does Y", where X is some well-known and widely varied consumer good, and Y a rather obvious problem with it.' - what else can one say?
DrCurry, Jan 22 2008
  

       Thermochromic tattoo ?
8th of 7, Jan 22 2008
  

       No, this isn't "consumer advice". Being unable to read the forehead thermometer because it isn't printed backwards is not something that is obviously wrong with children's thermometers, because reading children's thermometers in the mirror is not a common application for them. (You can just look at them directly, unless you're victim to a particularly interesting inverse-vampirism curse that I'd certainly like to hear more about.) It's only when you're trying a new application for these stick-on thermometers that you encounter the deficit the poster is trying to fix.   

       What this is is simply baked - someone invented something clever that turns out to exist. Some of us would have found this in google, and some of us already know about this stuff, but I don't find it obvious or widely known to exist (among owners of foreheads, say). That said, what the hell did I mean with "widely varied consumer good"? (Mumbles, wanders off to remove.)   

       OK, but all obviousness and existence aside, I don't actually understand why this product is worth marketing. As an adult, if you're near a mirror, you're probably home; and you're probably near a regular old stick-in-mouth beeps-when-done thermometer. It's not that expensive and reusable, and you don't have to get up from your couch - what's the point of the stick-on-your-forehead version?
jutta, Jan 22 2008
  

       Still reckon it's a mundane and obvious idea, if you've ever actually come across forehead thermometers. Especially since the problem itself is extremely minor (just how difficult is it to read sequential numbers mirror image?? I routinely use a backwards watch with a mirror image face, without any difficulty at all).
DrCurry, Jan 22 2008
  

       I used to work in a job that involved the rapid and repeated reading of various numerical sequences, some normal and some mirror image. Surprisingly quickly, the mirrored numbers became as quick to process as the normal ones, however the ability to discern _whether_ a sequence was mirrored or not was equally quickly eroded. The point? Reading mirrored numbers screws with your head. Avoid it.
Texticle, Jan 22 2008
  

       Actually, we all read mirrored digits all the time, because your retinas face away from you.   

       <giggles, gets coat, and flees the scene of the inevitable and recurrent debate about why mirrors invert left-right but not top- bottom>
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 22 2008
  

       "...what's the point of the stick-on-your-forehead version?"
Larger digits make it easier to read? Though counter to that, why not use a regular one and take it off to read it? (Also doesn't need batteries like a digital thermometer)
phoenix, Jan 23 2008
  

       //why not use a regular one and take it off to read it?// I presume that these are colour-change thermochromic things? In which case, doesn't the reading change more or less as soon as you remove it from your fevered brow?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 23 2008
  

       This could prove tricky if you wish to take a rectal temperature reading, you might strain yourself removing the mirror from the wall.
skinflaps, Jan 23 2008
  

       ..and take the mirrors temperature?
skinflaps, Jan 23 2008
  

       Apostrophe, if you please.
Texticle, Jan 23 2008
  

       Well actually, scientifically, theoretically, it's not really taking someone's temperature when you stick the old glass rod up their butt anyway, tis rightly called seeing if they have a fever.   

       For if'n they didn't have a temperature they wouldn't exist. Right?
blissmiss, Jan 24 2008
  

       They would exist, but would be difficult to distinguish from their surroundings, as they would converge on ambient temperature.
8th of 7, Jan 24 2008
  

       Prove it! How would you differentiate?
blissmiss, Jan 24 2008
  

       The taste?
baconbrain, Jan 24 2008
  
      
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