About this project
Introducing degree° - world´s first wearable in-ear thermometer
degree° takes the temperature of your child continuously.
We truly believe there´s already enough stress in life so we put our passion for sensor technologies to the test and created degree°. The world´s first wearable in-ear thermometer. To reduce uncertainty and enable stress-free fever treatment. A relief for parents and children.
Once your child wears degree° you can see every change of the body temperature on your smartphone. degree° will alarm you if your child´s body temperature is too high or rising too fast.
Let´s make life a bit more easy-going with technology!
A use case - taking the temperature at night.
Using this patent pending and medically recognized technology you will know when your child needs you most. Make the right decisions based on the changes in temperature. Track the effects of your treatment and see if you need to adjust it.
degree° is very useful, especially during the night: You do not have to get up and also wake up your child to take the temperature. With just one glance on your smartphone you immediately know the exact temperature.
Our Idea - how degree° works.
Imagine yourself taking the temperature of your child every second using a contact thermometer. That´s what degree° is doing for you, and even more. What you get additionally is an automated documentation of the values in a visual graph, a fever guide with useful information and some ideas for treatment if needed.
Your child has the temperature?
Then your pediatrist will advise you to take the temperature regularly and observe the changes. All right. So why don´t you simply take the temperature continuously with degree°?
Your two major benefits from a continuous temperature measurement are:
- You will see your child´s temperature in realtime.
- You can follow the effects of your treatment
degree° is taking your child´s body temperature continuously from inside the ear, and is wearable day and night.
degree° alarms you sending notifications to your smartphone, telling you if the temperature is getting serious. Thanks to the temperature monitoring you will see the effects of a treatment taken and when temperature starts rising again.
degree° is helping you to make confident fever treatment decisions!
Inside the degree° app you will find more fever knowledge and treatment orientation. The complete development of your child´s recovery is visible with one glance.
Let´s reduce uncertainty in our lives with a stress-free fever management for you and your child.
degree° is complimenting your instincts showing you the temperature right!
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The device - a wearable thermometer
- Ergonomic Design & Material: Wearable Day and Night. Field-tested to fit children´s anatomy and skin.
- Stunning Accuracy: Patent Pending and medically approved measurement technology.
- Comfortable & Secure Fit: Soft surface feel, no pointy edges and size adjustable.
- Micro Lightweight Construction: Smart technology hidden inside only 4x4cm and 5,4 g.
- Low Radiation: On device recording,on demand transmission.
- Efficient Energy Use: 5+ Days of Battery Life, plus On-the Go charging pod.
- Continuous Measurement: High-end skin contact thermo sensor inside the ear canal.
The app - a smart fever guide
- Temperature Curve: With degree° you can track the development of the body temperature. Is the fever increasing or decreasing right now?
- Alarms: Set the temperature level at which you want to be alarmed. Also, you will be notified in case of sudden rises in body temperature. Notice when the degree° sensor has slipped out of the ear and when battery level is low.
- Health Record: Easily add symptoms by using pictures or personal notes. Complete the temperature protocol and help your doctor to personalize his diagnosis.
- Fever Guidance: Get information to fever and typical courses of diseases. See the guidance of pediatrist. Homespun remedies and typical medications you can use to lower fever are listed, too
- Medical Map: You need to find an open pharmacy or want to know which doctor is on duty? Based on your location a map of medical services near to you is created. Numbers for an emergency call are listed, too.
- Multiple User Profiles: You are in charge of a big family? Create multiple user profiles for all your loved ones.
Our Story - a turning point for technology
My name is Greta Kreuzer. I am an innovations manager and mother of three. Together with my husband Johannes, who is a PhD medical engineer, we founded cosinuss°. We are developing first-in-class wearable sensors to monitor several relevant vital signs from inside the ear.
One day our three year old daughter suffered from a viral infect causing high fever that suddenly led to a febrile convulsion. I sat at her bed, taking the temperature every hour. But still I could not see the seizure coming. Later, I learned why: The reason for a febrile convulsion is not the absolute height of the temperature, but the fast rise of it.
This incident didn´t let us rest. As we recognized that febrile convulsions are quite frequent and not just an incident in our family we put everything on finding a perfect solution for this problem. Parents should be enabled to see the whole temperature curve of their child during fever in order to be able to manage fever more relaxed and without stress. That´s why we created degree°.
Our technology - benefit from our Expertise
Benefit from a continuous temperature monitoring by always seeing the temperature development with one glance. Know:
- If your child´s body temperature is increasing or decreasing at any moment
- The exact effects of your treatment
- How long it takes until there is an effect.
- When temperature is too high or rising too fast possibly indicating a febrile convulsion.
You do not have to estimate a temperature curve by connecting the dots of your one time measurements every one or two hours. You now have a steady and reliable temperature monitoring.
In comparison to other temperature taking methods
degree° is a major industry breakthrough giving you the confidence you need in times of fever. With degree° you can make decisions based on reliable data. Accuracy and ease of use are essential to a continuous monitoring of your child´s body temperature.
With digital thermometers you can only take selective measurements. The results always differ and the procedure can be unpleasant depending on where you take the temperature.
Using infrared thermometers you get various results with various handling depending on where the light hits the skin.
degree° takes the temperature reliable from always the same spot which was validated in empiric studies. degree° is the thermometer giving you the core body temperature with a comfortable and steady quality. You can wear it 24/7 and be sure to be as accurate as ± 0.2°F (±0.1°C).
Why is degree taking the temperature from inside the ear?
The body´s own temperature sensor, the hypothalamus, is located in the brain region near to the ear drum. Thus, taking the temperature from inside the ear canal will show you the same temperature than your body´s regulation system.
degree° is taking the temperature in the ear canal with a technical accuracy of ± 0.2°F (±0.1°C.) This measuring place is medically approved and is known to have the following normal temperature ranges: 97.7°F - 99.5°F (36.5°C - 37.5°C).
Our on-the go charging pod will automatically keep degree° always fully charged and safely stored. A thermometer luckily isn´t in use everyday. But it has to be ready at any time. Once you take degree° out of it´s box it´s battery life is 5+ days. Which means during a common fever you only have to put on the device once, and do not have to worry about runnning out of energy - literally ;)
degree° is an extreme lightweight but also durable and very cool device. degree° is hiding hardware of highest quality inside an overall size of only 1.6 x 1.6 inches (4x4 cm) and a weight of 0.18 oz. (5,4 grams).
Data Transmission with lowest radiation possible
degree° is recording all the data on the device itself without transmitting any data. Values are only sent to your smartphone on demand.
Setting a certain threshold for getting a temperature alarm, there only will be one single moment where data will be transmitted.
Using Bluetooth Low Energy and sending small compressed data packages only on demand, degree° is as low on radiation as possible.
The Team - degree° is nothing without them.
United we deliver to you a design that immerses you in the comforting feeling of being able to know when your child needs you most. The way it should be when it comes to caring and healing. Since nearly all of our team members are parents themselves, we are all passionate making degree° a big success.
10 years of Research and Development
Based on almost 10 years of research & development work in the field of wearable sensors, degree° is a masterpiece of technology and ergonomic design. This is a major industry breakthrough that will make the life of parents easier, reducing uncertainty and stress especially during the nights.
cosinuss° - an award winning company
The Munich based company, cosinuss°, developed the technology that is used in degree°. A technology that is also in use in the medical sector. With degree°, this technology will be available for home use.
Partner in Science
We’ve spent thousands of hours working with world-class universities, respected medical centers and health-tech designers to develop the very best and most comfortable continuously measuring fever thermometer.
The underlying technology of degree° is a.o. already in use in a preemptive pediatric clinic, during heart surgeries and in an Allied Health Center and Body Temperature and Fluid Lab.
Example: German Heart Center, Munich.
During a heart surgery the human body needs to be cooled down very low. This must be monitored very accurate. degree° is not only staying closest to the gold standard (pulmonalis), but is also the only non-invasive method for continuous monitoring.
Our origin - pioneering mobile monitoring
Previous success of cosinuss° came with the cosinuss° One - the predecessor of degree°. A wearable In-ear vital sign monitor used in professional sports like triathlon and Formula One.
cosinuss° One is our award winning sports wearable. Primary an in-ear heart rate monitor with a patent pending technology to measure very accurate inside the ear canal.
Secondary it tracks body temperature, too. This technology is preventing overheating in sports. Used by IronMan world champion triathlete Jan Frodeno on Hawaii 2016.
cosinuss° One showed us the effect of calf packing during fever for the very first time. For degree° we specialized on design and ergonomics for children especially during their sleep.
The very first version of a prototype for a wearable body temperature device. This was made years ago along with Johannes PhD thesis about mobile vital sign monitoring.
Further developing stages of our first wearable in-ear vital sign monitor followed over the years- and finally the cosinuss° One came to the market.
The process of degree° design stages. First: flattening cosinuss° One. Second: change positioning of processing unit. Third: Minimizing edges and bulkiness. Optimizing ear anchorage.
Finish geometry and making the degree° adjustable. Defining sizes and producing the first cosmetic models testing the actual fitting for real.
Our timeline - benefit from our experience
We have come a long way. Now we are here, offering you the best quality and all our expertise in vital sign monitoring and wearable technology. Be part of our journey!
Our Origin - cosinuss°
Our cosinuss° patent pending technology is successfully selling in the sports and the medical market.
degree° is field-tested to take the best of both worlds by merging together world´s best in-ear measurement technology and a special designed reliable and safe wearable for children.
Our Vision - degree°
After Kickstarter, degree° will be made ready for manufacturing - using our 10-year experience in development and production of in-ear wearables. Together with our well known manufacturers in Europe we are set to go.
Kickstarter is the best place to share our vision with other people who want to share a vision about a better world. Offering children and parents a stress-free fever management and the best recovery possible - this is what we call smart technology. Let´s do this together. We are ready for what is to come.
Your Kickstart - our production plan
What is missing ?
We are ready for production. Technology is already in House, the Design is finalized and our production line is set up to go. There is only one thing missing:
You - our Backers.
You will make the big difference. Let´s make this happen! You are the most important part of our team. You can make degree°reality! Not only by supporting us on kickstarter, but also with your feedback, suggestions and heartwarming stories from where degree° is needed.
That is why we created degree° customer oriented together with parents and their kids, midwifes and doctors. Everyone´s passion at degree° is to design a really smart thermometer fulfilling your true necessities. Kickstarter as a platform of people who believe in change and are excited about shaping the future. Dear Kickstarter Community help us helping others!
Support degree°, share our page, let´s kickstart!
Rewards - home, health, technology.
From Munich with Love
We are based in Munich, the capital of German beer and lifestyle. Munich is a city that looks like a small town and is also referred to as the German Italy. Munich also has a.o. two international elite universities (where we also come from :-)) and renamed companies like Siemens, BMW, Giesecke und Devrient and others. Numerous hospitals and other health care centers serve as perfect partners.
Risks and challenges
What is to do? In a nutshell told, we only need to transfer our existing technology into a redesigned wearable for children. Sounds easy? Yes, if you know where to pay attention :)
We´ve done it before! cosinuss°, the company behind degree°, is a start-up with experience in R&D, manufacturing and marketing. Our first product, the cosinuss °One, is an award winning wearable to monitor heart rate, heart rate variability and body temperature of athletes.
You can count on us and our trusted manufacturers and strong relationships to our supply chain.
We learned how to handle timelines and how to prevent delays. However there are some common challenges that we can´t fully control during the manufacturing process:
- It might happen that tooling is not perfect from the beginning so eventually improvements of it will take some time.
- We can´t eliminate all errors that might happen during the production process but we will keep a close eye on it to make sure to prevent the mistakes there.
- Manufacturing products in small quantities may lower the priority of our orders on the side of our manufacturers and they put us to the end of their queue. The bigger the order the better.
We are planning with our resources as of today and do not foresee any changes to it. Therefore we offer you now shipping degree° right on time for the next wave of flu, turn of the year 2017.
Where we really need your help, does not need any stamp to it.
If you believe in our vision, please spread the word about degree° and motivate other parents to pledge for our project.
Since nearly all of our team members are parents themselves you can count on friendly and capable support.
Thank you, with all the best wishes,
The degree° team.
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