By Amos Mugisa
Ugandan phone making company SIMI technologies has unveiled what it says is the first temperature measuring smartphone in Africa
The Namanve based company says the smartphone named G507 has an inbuilt temperature gun that can be used to test for malaria and even Covid19.
“Whereas the normal temperature guns need calibration (configuring them), our smartphone uses google play store to update itself as long as it is connected on the internet, David Beecham Okware, the board secretary of Engo Holdings Group Ltd said.
“This smartphone can be used for social media and other functions like any other smartphone but during this situation of Covid-19, it can come in handy.”
Okware added that while temperature guns go for as much as Shs 500,000 and need to be taken for configuration, the smartphone is only Shs. 380,000.
“We want to partner with Ministry of Health to see how these phones can be provided to help medics to measure temperature while in hospital.”
Speaking at the function, the Minister for ICT and National Guidance, Judith Nabakooba applauded the company for the innovation.
“The cost for the gadgets will definitely go down and every Ugandan can own one. People will use smartphones not for social media but also for research and business. This is good for the development of the Uganda,” she said
Hon Evelyn Anite the State Minister for Privatization said with such factories in the country, the economy will definitely grow at a high speed.
The company also launched a solar powered featured phone that can be used to charge other phones.