Sperry West / Alibaba Tablet Temperature Measurement Tested

By: Ethan Ace and Rob Kilpatrick, Published on Jul 07, 2020

In April, we ordered a ~$500 temperature tablet from Alibaba. We set it to the side while doing 18 other temperature screening tests but, after hearing Sperry West's CEO on a Ken Kirschenbaum's webinar, we bought the Sperry West tablet. Ironically, it turned out to be the same model as the Alibaba one at roughly twice the price. But how well does either work?

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We bought and tested these tablets, examining:

  • How does the Sperry West terminal compare to unbranded Alibaba models?
  • How often did it miss elevated temperatures?
  • How accurate are measurements vs IR thermometers?
  • Can it measure taller and shorter people?
  • How well does it measure with glasses, hats, masks?
  • How well does mask detection work?
  • What about Sperry West claiming this is not a medical device?

** *****, ** ******* a ~$*** *********** ****** from *******. ** *** it ** *** **** while***** ** ***** *********** screening ********, ***** ******* ****** West's *** ** * Ken ************'* *******, ** bought *** ****** **** tablet. **********, ** ****** out ** ** *** same ***** ** *** Alibaba *** ** ******* twice *** *****. *** how **** **** ****** work?

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** ****** *** ****** these *******, *********:

  • *** **** *** ****** West ******** ******* ** unbranded ******* ******?
  • *** ***** *** ** miss ******** ************?
  • *** ******** *** ************ vs ** ************?
  • *** ** ******* ****** and ******* ******?
  • *** **** **** ** measure **** *******, ****, masks?
  • *** **** **** **** detection ****?
  • **** ***** ****** **** claiming **** ** *** a ******* ******?

[***************]

Executive *******

***** ***** *********** ********* from ****** **** *** Alibaba *** ***** **** than ***** *******, ** IPVM's *******, **** ******** from ***** ********, **** frequent ****** ******** *********** detection, *** **** **** accommodating ** ***** ** varying ******* **** *********** terminals *********,*********, *********.

Alibaba **. ****** **** *******

** *** *******, ** found ****** ********** ******* the **************-********* ***** (***** ****: TOPYUZE, ~$*** ***)********* ****'* ******* ******** (~$1,100). **** ********** ****** elevated ************ *** ******** temperatures ** ***** **** IR ************. *******, *** unbranded ******* ******** ************ measured ******** ** **** higher **** ** ************, an ***** *** **** in *** ****** **** terminal.

*** ******* *** ********** identical, **** ** ******** on *** ***** ** either *****:

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*** *******' ***** ** is ****** *********, **** some ***** *********** ** the **** *** ********* of **** ********, *** fundamentally *******.

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************, *** ***** ******* in **** *** ****** West ** *** ******* unbranded ** *** **** the ****.

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*******, **** *** ******* firmware ********* *******, *** the ****** **** ***** uses * ***** ********. We ********* ** *** updated ******** **** *** Alibaba ****** ** *** test ****, *** **** were ****** ** **** us ******* *****. ** will ****** **** **** with *** ******** ** we ******* ******* ********.

  • *********:**.**.*.**
  • ****** **** *******:**.**.**.**

Easier ** **** **** ***** ******* **** ******** **** ***********

** *** *****, **** terminals ********** *** ********** missed ******** **** ************, measuring ******** ** ** average ** ~*°* ***** than ** ** ***********. For *******, *** ******* below ** ******** ** 98.62°F ** *** ****** West ********, *** ***.*° on ** ****** ******** thermometer, **** *** **.*°* temperature *********.

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** ****** ***** * different ******** **** ********* ambient ************ *** ***** similar *******.

Consecutive ******** ******* ********* ************

************ ** ******** ** sequential ***** **** ************, differing ** ****** * full ****** ** *********** attempts. *** *******, *** three ************ ***** **** taken ******* *****, **** the ****** *********** ~*.*°* higher **** *** *****, then ******* ** **.**°*, an ******** *.*°* ******. The ******* ****** **** the ***** *** *********, with ** ***** ******** between ************.

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Random **** ************ (*******)

** ******** ** *************** between ************, *** ******* terminal ************ ******** ******** extremely ****, ***** *****. In **** *******, *** subject *** ******** ** 103.04°F ** *** ******* terminal, *** **.*°* ***** an ****** ***********, **** 4 ******* *****.

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Forehead *********** ******* *** ******* ***** ** **** ********

********* ** ************* ******** with *** ****** ********, only *** ******** ** used *** ***********:

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*******, ** *** *****, both ********* ****** ******** the ******* ***** ** the ****. *** *******, below, *** ***** ** heated ** ***.*°* (******** by ******), *** ** other **** ** *** face ** ******. ****** West ******* *** *******'* temperature ** ***.**°*.

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Glasses/Masks ** *** ****** ***********

******* ******* *** *** impact *********** ************ ** our *****, **** ************ similar **** *** *******.

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*********, ***** *** *** impact *********** ************.

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***** ****** *** ******* to ********* *** ******, though ***** ******** ************* higher ************ **** ******** removed ********* *** *****.

Hats ***** ******** **** ***********

****** *******, ** ******** skin *********** ***** ** hidden ** ******* ****. Shown *****, *** ******* is ******** ** **.**°* while ******* * *** blocking *** ********, *** 100.38°F **** *******..

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**** **** ****** ****'* manual ********* **** **** should ** *******:

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Terminal **** *** *********** **** ***** ** *******

** *** *********** *********** distance ** *.**, *** Sperry **** ******** *** an **" ******** *********** field ** **** **** top ** ******. ******* of **** *****, *** terminal ****** **** *** detect * ****, ****** it ** ******* ** the ******'* ****.

**** ***** ** ******** than **** ***********, **** as ***** *** *********, both ** ***** ************ a ***** ***** ** heights.

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Weak **** ********* ****** *******

** *** *******, *** Sperry **** *** ******* terminals **** **** ****** spoofed ** ****** ***** method **** ** ******* **** ********* ********, ********* *****, ******, tape, ****** *****, *** masks ****** **** **********.

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White ***** **** ****** ** ** *******

**** ********* ******* ****** white ***** **** ***** are ****** ** ** default. ***** ****** *** be ****** *** ** on ** * ********, but ****** ** *** to **** ********** **** a ******* ** ** the *****, *** *** their ********* ** ********.

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*******

*** ****** **** ******* terminal ***** *** ~$*,*** USD ****** ***** (** sale *** ~$*** ** the **** ** *******). By ********, ********* ****** can ** ***** ** Alibaba *** **** ****, ~$500 *** ***** ** larger **********. ***** ****** are **** ******* ***** than ******** **** ** Dahua, *********, *** ******, which **** *** ~$*,*** USD.

Size **********

*** ****** **** *** Alibaba ********* *** ******** smaller ** **** **** the ***** *** ********* terminals, **** ********* *** Dahua **** ***** **** are ********* ** *** back ***** *** ****** West ***** **** ** attached **** ******** *** desktop ********, ***** ****** placement *******.

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Terminal ***** ****** ********

***** **** ******** *** own ***** ** *** back **** *** *** cables *** *** *******, with ** ****** **** mount ******* ******. ** contrast, ****** **** ** Dahua *** ********* ***** be ****** **** ******* using ** ******** **** plate.

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Versions ****

*** ********* ******** **** used ****** *******.

  • ********* ********:**.**.*.**
  • ****** **** *******:**.**.**.**

Medical ****** *** ***

*** ****** **** **** is * ******* ******, per *** **********, ******** to **** ****** ****'* CEO ******** ******* ** Ken ************'* *******:

**************************'****************************.********,*********,***************************************'***********.***************,*************************************,****************************************************************.***************************************'***************.*********************,********************,********************?

***** ** *****************, **** ** * medical ******, *** *** ******** use, **** ****** *** with ******** ********, **** for **** ****** ****** segment.

Comments (3)

*** ***** ** ** companies ********** ******** ***** temperature ********* ******* ** their *** ** * growing *******.

****** **** *****? ** I ******* ********* ** are **** ************ **** much?

********* ****** ********

**** ****** **** **** here. **** *** ******** under ****** ******** ** Russia.

******.*** - ** ******, ip ***** *******

:)

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