Gadgets 135

Published on April 21st, 2006 | by Greg


Thermohawk’s Totally Touchless Thermometer

Thermometer’s aren’t just for fevers anymore. You need one to monitor your overclocked computer, you need another to determine whether that water is too hot or just right for brewing tea, and you might as well have another to settle bets on just how cold it is outside.

Or you could just carry around the Thermohawk 200 Infrared, about the size and shape of a small laser pointer- and it even clips onto your key ring. Fast and simple to use, simply point the device at an object and press the button. In no time at all (via voodoo magic or invisible beams) the little LCD readout will give you the temperature.

Does it work? Absolutely- though the closer we were to our subject, the more accurate we found it to be. The Thermohawk 200 can measure between minus 27 and 230 degrees F, and the included batteries work for quite some time- there is even a little battery meter on the readout, which seems unnecessary but nice.

OK, we admit it- there are endless uses, but not a ton of obvious good ones. And the price seems a bit steep, at $60 to $70. But, considering that it managed to work even after a brief dunk in the (122 degree) coffee we were measuring, it’s a pretty durable and handy gadget. We’re thinking about doing a piece on buffet temperatures- testing the temp of buffet food simply by palming the Thermohawk and walking pas the trays. Any other ideas?

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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