A recently uncovered piece of code in We Fit suggests that an upcoming firmware upgrade may soon make it possible for users of the Xiaomi Mi Band to track their body temperature. It’s possible that this will strike some people as implausible, but in reality, it’s not quite as out there as it may sound.
Do you remember the announcement that Fitbit made back at the beginning of September? After the successful release of Sense and Versa 3, the firm announced that older versions of the Ionic and Versa devices, including those released before the third generation, will be able to measure the user’s skin temperature. Who would have thought that these old gadgets had the technology to take these kinds of readings?
However, the results are not anything like the ones you would obtain if you were to take your temp using the standard method. Your nighttime skin temperature is measured by Fitbit and compared to your baseline temperature in the morning. You’ll be able to keep track of where you are with regard to your norm if you do it this way. If you have a temperature, it may be an indication that you are about to become ill with something. The bad news is that you will not be able to access these readings without a premium subscription to Fitbit.
Temperature Readings from the Xiaomi Mi Band
Now it appears that the Xiaomi Mi Band could acquire functionality that is comparable to that of the Apple Watch. The staff over at the Spanish website AndroidTR discovered this particular bug in the We Fit code. According to the information, prior to making your first measurement, you will need to adjust Mi Band using a conventional thermometer that is located elsewhere. This is done so that the margin of error can be quantified. As you can see from the code above, Xiaomi gives instructions on how to do these steps right.
After that, it is likely that you will be able to perform readings on your own. It is not exactly obvious when these would have been performed automatically in the backdrop like Fitbit does, or whether they would be done on demand instead.
In any event, one might ponder the degree to which such measurements can be relied upon to be reliable. Most likely, their only use would be to tell you if you are above or below the average range for your age group.
In addition, it is not entirely obvious how the Mi Band would actually measure your temperature. Will this be accomplished through the use of a temperature sensor, or will it instead be accomplished through the measurement of elements connected to your heart rate?
The second scenario appears to be the more likely of the two, given that the feature won’t just be added to the Mi Band 5. It will also be available for Mi Band 2 and later models. It is extremely probable that temperature measurements will find their way to Amazfit wearables in the near future, given the close relationship that exists between Xiaomi and Huami.
This should all be taken with a grain of salt. All of this is speculative at this point, and Xiaomi has not yet provided any comment on the matter. As a result, we are going to have to sit tight and watch for one of the upcoming firmware updates to see if it allows the capability.
When taking into consideration the epidemic caused by the coronavirus, temperature data would be of great use. But a medically accurate device that can constantly check your temperature from your forearm might not be on the market for another year or two.