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Flo is a new way of checking and monitoring body temperature, designed for parents by two dads. There are no wires, it does not make any body contact, and you get accurate readings instantly.
When babies are crying and they cannot explain why, you feel worried and need to find out if there is a fever. Flo is here to help! Simply point Flo within 1cm of your baby’s forehead, press a button and Flo will give you an instant reading.
We understand that parents are overwhelmed and so have made the operation of Flo extremely simple; just press one button and you will know whether your child has a fever or not. And you don't even need to have a phone with you to use Flo, because it works independently and saves data for syncing.
Most of the time, parents just need to know if their kids have a fever. That’s why we designed Flo’s LED system to take all the guesswork out of the numbers without overwhelming you with information. his system eliminates the need for an LCD screen and keeps Flo small while still showing the temperature range. At the same time, Flo remembers the reading and syncs to your phone when connected. This gives Flo the versatility of a traditional thermometer and the modern features of a smart device.
One of Flo’s key strengths over many thermometers is that it never touches the body and doesn’t require constant cleaning. This greatly reduce the risk of contamination and can be used on multiple children in a short period of time. As such, it is great for those who work closely with kids. Flo is also quiet and will not wake up a sleeping baby, as it does not make a sound or touch the body.
Flo is Smart, Really Smart.
A smart device should simplify people's lives, not complicate it. That's why we designed Flo to be very fast and easy to operate. Not only will you find the LED indicator and one-button operation very user friendly, but the app is very intuitive to use with many handy features too.
Flo is Bluetooth enabled and is fully compatible with iPhone 5, and iPad 3rd gen running iOS 9. Flo also will support Android devices running 4.4 or above with Bluetooth 4.0 LE. (see below stretch goal on Android) There is no phone jack or cable to plug in and no wire to untangle. You don't have hold or even be close to your phone when using Flo. At the same time, Bluetooth LE is very energy efficient and gives Flo great compatibility with current and future devices. Flo can even link to your Apple Watch.
Flo speaks to you
While Flo works quietly most of time, what happens if you do want Flo to speak? There is an audio feature for that! When it is enabled, Flo will announce the temperature when you take a reading. This is very handy when you want to find out the exact temperature but cannot run back to your phone. Busy parents with young children can certainly relate to that.
Flo watches over your family
Flo enables you to accurately check body temperature and provide instant insight into your child’s health. You can create profiles for each member of your family and track them separately. This is great for observing trends in temperature to see if the medication is working and figure out the fertile period for conceiving.
Flo is great for would-be parents as well
Because Flo can track body temperature, it is handy for determining ovulation cycles. The female body temperature increases during ovulation period and can be easily observed if the user checks her temperature first thing in the morning before getting out of bed. A period of elevated readings suggests ovulation, which can be very useful information for couples trying to conceive.
Flo takes and tags photos
You can also use Flo to tag pictures with time, reading, and location to add context and meaning. This is handy for both your own memory and for sharing with others.
Flo preserves family moments
Data is handy for spotting trends, but it doesn’t give you the context and the meaning of each moment. To help you better track and understand each family's health status, Flo has a handy timeline feature.
You can add photos, notes and tags for each reading, which can really paint a fuller picture of their health. Not only is it helpful for tracking their health history, but it is a fun way to create memories of your kid growing up.
Flo helps you share
Another great Flo feature is its sharing feature. This helps you keep family and friends updated with the latest information and share special moments with them.
You can also send vital information to your family doctor or caregiver within seconds. Flo can be a great tool to help healthcare professionals and parents become more efficient and proactive.
Flo knows milk's temperature too
You can also use Flo to check the surface temperatures of liquids and other objects.
It is a great way to see whether the milk is too hot or bathtub water is too cold for baby. Simply hold the button to switch to Object Mode and point within 5cm of the object’s surface. Best of all, the audio feature works in object mode as well.
Great for Drinks too
Why we created Flo
As a father of two, I try to spend as much time with my kids as possible. Their health and well-being are important for me because I want them to remember their childhood as a happy and worry-free time. Spotting a potential problem and preventing it can help you avoid many sleepless nights and hassle-filled days.
As a parent I know that worrying comes with the territory. Being an engineer, however, I wanted to use modern technology to reduce stress and make it easier to care for your (and my) little ones. This led me to develop the Flo product concept and find like-minded people to form Zeraph.
The development of Flo took almost year in total. While Flo operates differently than the traditional thermometer, we kept the familiar thermometer shape because it is easy to hold and makes people feel comfortable about Flo.
When we started, the original design was longer and narrower. We’ve now made it shorter and slightly wider to better grip and improve on the feel of casing. The finish is also more matte than glossy.
Why trust us?
We have over 15 years of combined experience in developing consumer products in our team. And to earn your trust, we delayed the campaign launch by 2 months to finish hardware development and the tooling and polish the app. This reduces the uncertainty for our backers and allows us to show the actual product to the media so they can have a first look. However, we still need your help to launch Flo because a strong campaign can lower production cost and attract major retail channels all around the world.
Eddie Cheung - Founder - Engineering
Born in Hong Kong, Eddie studied software engineering in Canada before working on smart furniture and home automation projects, and then venturing out on his own. As a parent of two adorable children, Eddie designed FLO for his family and for all parents in order to make our parenting journeys a bit less stressful.
Henry Ma - Co-Founder - Manufacturing and Operation
Henry is a veteran to consumer product manufacturing and has successfully launched Kickstarter projects prior to Flo. Years of experience in developing and delivering products to international clients has taught Henry many lessons in working with others. A great product idea cannot be successfully without great execution, and Henry guides us through the complex supply chain and production challenges.
Risks and challenges
Making a product is never easy and we have crossed many hurdles to get to where we are now. While the hardware development phase is finished and our team is very experienced, there can still be unexpected delays during injection molding, software development, sourcing, production and certification as well. While there infrared thermometer is legal is all of the countries we checked, we cannot guarantee the regulatory environment will not change in the near future. Shipping and customs related delays could also push back the delivery timing for backers. We will do everything in our power to minimize delays the best we can and will always give our backers advance notice if we believe there will be any hold-ups.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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