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Samsung Galaxy Watch5: skin temperature sensor works

The Samsung Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro came to market in August 2022 with an infrared sensor for measuring skin temperature. Unfortunately, the sensor has not worked so far – until today. Samsung had already certified the function in February and today, more than eight months after its introduction, measuring skin temperature is finally possible. The sensor also enables skin temperature-based cycle tracking, which previously had to be carried out manually.

The biggest hurdle for the Samsung smartwatch was the approval by the authorities. These are all in the can now, including CE marking for Europe, FDA clearance for the United States and the blessing of the MFDS in the home market of South Korea.

This is also where the official launch of the new Samsung Galaxy Watch5 feature has started. The USA, England and 29 other European markets are also on board. The latter include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania , Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The Galaxy Watch5’s cycle tracking feature was developed in partnership with Natural Cycles. Natural Cycles already has an approved birth control app and offers more detailed insight into users’ menstrual cycles. There was already an option to measure skin temperature regularly. However, wrist temperature is not directly comparable to readings obtained from medical thermometers and normal measurement methods.


Mats Hellqvist
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