Just saw this in Time Magazine’s 2003 Best Inventions section. Geez, if SARS could scare people into building one of these what will they think of next? Viagra scanner to make sure people don’t get too excited?

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.


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