NEC Thermal Scans For Flu

Japanese electronics giant NEC is using thermal scanners at their company HQ to look for flu carriers.


(NEC conducts entrance thermal scan for flu)

The infrared thermography system shown above produces a visualization of the body, with the warmest areas - above thirty-eight degrees Celsius - in red.

If you're in the red, the ever-vigilant flu patrol will swoop down on you with thermometers for insertion.

This reminded me of the scene in Michael Crichton's 1969 thriller The Andromeda Strain where lab monkeys were exposed to Andromeda, and then thermal scanned to check the progress of the disease through the body. Terrifying! (Well, it certainly was in 1969.)

From Digital World Tokyo.

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