A team of researchers from the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Osun State, has unveiled a low-cost infrared thermometer. It was produced by Innovation Technology Centre of the institution.
The Rector of the polytechnic, Dr. John Adekolawole, said the device which uses an infrared sensor to remotely capture temperature would cost less than N20,000 (about $50).
Adekolawole, in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the polytechnic, Sola Lawal, on Saturday, explained that a typical imported model of the device would costs N60,000.
He added that the infrared thermometer designed for post- COVID-19 era would soon be mass produced for the public.
Adekolawole said, “The prototype for the remote body temperature scanner comes in a distinct locally fabricated 3D model developed in Autodesk Fusion 360 and printed with a thermoplastic polyester material also known as polylactic acid.”
“The prototype is commercially ready and requires no special expertise to operate. The prototype was produced for less than N20, 000.”
“The polytechnic intends to produce one for all the departments and units within the institution even as it prepares for the post-COVID-19 era.”