Coolest Inventions: Keeping It Safe


The Infrared Fever Screening System, inspired by the recent SARS scare, can't diagnose a medical condition. But it can reveal in a moment whether someone is running a temperature--a sign he or she could be sick and warrant a closer look. The system produces a color-coded thermograph of each passerby: red means hot, green means not. Dozens have been sold for use in airports, hospitals, hotels and other public spaces throughout Asia. INVENTORS Singapore Technologies Electronics and the Singapore Defense Science and Technology Agency AVAILABILITY Now, about $50,000 per unit TO LEARN MORE



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