3 ways the Pixel 8 Pro temperature sensor could be a gamechanger

The Pixel 8 Pro's hot new feature

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So we've seen the new Google flagship phone. The Google Pixel 8 Pro looks interesting but not exactly revolutionary... for the most part. There's a funky new feature that no one else is offering. A temperature sensor

Located on the camera bar, the temperature sensor lets you measure temperatures by scanning them from arm's length. Obviously, this is a feature influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, but now we're (mostly) out of constant temperature checking, how can we make the most of it? Here are three ways to get the max from this cool (sorry) new feature. 

1. Food and drink

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If you're not the kind to take a kitchen probe everywhere you go, the Pixel 8 Pro could make a capable substitute. You could use it to make sure that the middle of your steak is as warm as it needs to be (especially if you have it rare), that your beer is sufficiently cold or even whether a coffee or tea cup is too hot to handle. 

As a less-than-Michelin-grade cook, this is definitely something I would make use of to avoid any kitchen mishaps. Of course, it depends exactly how accurate the sensor is (which we'll let you know what we get hands-on) as with meat especially it pays not to take risks. 

2. Check for illness

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If you're feeling a bit under the weather, this is a quick way to check if you're above or below a normal body temperature. A healthy body temperature varies slightly from person to person but should be within 36.1 to 37.2 degrees celsius or 97 to 99 Farenheit. 

Of course if it has sufficent range, then you'll be able to check people from a safe distance and avoid the spread of germs, or bad breath. If you're someone who absolutely can't stand placing a thermometer under your tongue then this could be a modern solution.

3. Overheating tech

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If your technology gets too hot, it can damage it, or even be a safety hazard. There are times when I'm worried that my gaming laptop or PS5 is about to go supersonic so being able to check that it's not dangerously hot would be a nice reassurance. 

On a similar note, if you suspect your radiators or heaters aren't putting in the work, the temperature sensor can give you a second opinion, the same applies to your fridge/freezer and air conditioning. 

Andy Sansom
Staff Writer

Andy is T3's Tech Staff Writer, covering all things technology, including his biggest passions such as gaming, AI, phones, and basically anything cool and expensive he can get his hands on. If he had to save one possession from a fire it would be his PlayStation 5. He previously worked for Tom’s Guide - where he got paid to play with ChatGPT every day. When it comes to streaming, Andy will have his headphones glued in whilst watching something that will make him laugh. He studied Creative Writing at university, but also enjoys supporting his favourite football team (Liverpool), watching F1, teaching himself guitar, and spending time with his dog.