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AR Spectra won by covid fever

The start-up is developing a system of glasses capable of detecting anyone with a fever, and therefore potentially infected. Research encouraged by the Ministry of the Economy.

Patrick JACQUEMOT

Patrick JACQUEMOT

The start-up is developing a system of glasses capable of detecting anyone with a fever, and therefore potentially infected. Research encouraged by the Ministry of the Economy.

Two years that AR Spectra, in Foetz, marries the medical universe with that of augmented reality. Electronics at the service of the caregiver. And Cédric Spaas, founder of this start-up, is happy to quote these glasses developed here which, once on the surgeon’s nose, allow him to have all the patient data in his field of vision. A gadget? “No, a tool adapted to this profession. No need to look away to check the patient’s heart rate, blood pressure or oxygenation on a particular screen. Everything is in front of his eyes, and therefore attention remains focused on the action to be performed. ”


The start-up Virtual Rangers specializes in professional training provided via virtual reality headsets. The Ministry of the Economy has chosen to support its project intended to initiate caregivers in the management of covid patients.


Today, these same frames could well become one of the major pieces of the hunt for covid infection. The idea being to integrate thermal sensors into the accessory allowing any feverish individual to be spotted from a distance. Easy to say, more technical to do.

“Of course we all have in mind the images of thermal cameras at airports. But it is a cumbersome system with tower, support, PC. We don’t want a 2 kg bollard but an object that weighs 200 gr ”. Beyond that, the weight would hardly facilitate the use of the device.

For now, the prototype developed since last spring is still slightly overweight. “250 grams … Too heavy still even if it is already a small feat to have succeeded in concentrating sensors, data analysis program and display system in such a small volume.” The hunt for the superfluous therefore continues, just as the AR Spectra teams will now approach the authorities to be “clinically approved”.

There are still a few grams to gain so that the frame is suitable for regular use.

There are still a few grams to gain so that the frame is suitable for regular use.

ARSpectra illustration

Because the whole aim of this research is to bring out this innovation in the field of products with irrefutable precision. “We are not looking for 1 or 2 degree precision, but much finer control than that. To have 37 or 39 ° of fever, it is not the same meaning. ” And the teams led by Cédric Spaas to try to achieve this high precision of temperature capture

“These glasses would be useful to be worn by a receptionist in the lobby of an office building, at the entrance of a public building, in the aisles of an airport, in the street, or for equip police officers during checks. Just by looking at the crowd, a visual signal would appear as soon as a potentially suspicious fever was detected. ” Well isolate a covid carrier just like any other infection, in fact.


online.fr: Kühlaggregat-Hersteller B Medical Systems.Baut Kühlaggregate für Covid-Impfstoffe. Photo: Gerry Huberty / Luxemburger Wort

The company, based in northern Luxembourg, has seen its order book swell visibly in recent weeks. It is true that states are snapping up their fridges capable of keeping anti-covid doses at very low temperatures before vaccination.


It is therefore necessary that in addition to its lightness, the technology embedded in the temples and frames can remain reliable outside and inside, in the cool wind as in a hot sun, in wet weather as in dry weather without ever losing its measurement precision. One more challenge that has motivated AR Spectra since it responded to the call of the Minister of the Economy, Franz Fayot (LSAP) who, last spring, invited start-ups to also bring their creativity to the fight. anti-covid.

Keep your distance

Clearly, part of the 150,000 euros bonus offered by this Luxinnovation initiative has enabled the project to take great strides forward. “It fits well with this epidemic. These glasses are more ‘safe’ than a control with a manual electronic thermometer where controller and controlled are necessarily found a few centimeters from each other. Not really ideal for preventing the spread of a virus. ” There, the check is done at a good distance and therefore allows to take maximum precautions when announcing to the spotted subject that he is feverish.

Another advantage: light as it is, the optical system makes it possible to control large masses of people without having to interrupt the flow. So useful in the midst of a crowd of passers-by, or onlookers in a shopping center. “We are not yet at the commercialization stage, but we already have a prototype that shows that the technology works. Obviously for the future, it will take other additional budgets, “crosses Cédric Spaas’ fingers.


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