Turn Your Smartphone into a Tricorder with Sensordrone


The current capability of smartphones is simply amazing, with integrated high-def cameras, streaming video, GPS location services, cloud-synced files, and more, plus quick and easy access to all of the social media sites you’d ever want to post to.

But if you want to monitor and gather data on other elements in your world, you’re probably going to need a whole bunch of external sensors, only some of which can by easily used or accessed as an extension of your smartphone.

Unless, that is, you own a Sensordrone, which is akin to the iconic sci-fi device, the Tricorder.

Billed as the “World’s first mobile, wearable, programmable, sensing computer”, Sensordrone allows users to turn their smartphones into a gas leak detector, a light meter, a thermometer, a carbon monoxide detector, a weather station, a pressure sensor, or even a breathalyzer.


Sensordrone is a veritable Swiss Army knife of sensors, all on a platform small enough to fit on a keychain or in your pocket. The device measures less than three inches long and about an inch wide, with a thickness of about half an inch, and weighs just 1 ounce. It includes a precision gas sensor, reducing and oxidizing gas sensors, a non-contact IR temperature sensor, a humidity sensor, a light and color sensor, proximity and pressure sensors, and can be extended with an expansion connector.

“Just like a computer can run many different applications, Sensordrone can run many sensor applications. And, just like the best computers using the best processors, we put the best sensors available into Sensordrone, including our own sensors.

If you have a Sensordrone, you can run apps on your tablet or smartphone to monitor carbon monoxide and air quality, find gas leaks, measure your child’s temperature, log the weather, and much more.

For example, apps using the capacitance sensor can work as a stud finder, a proximity monitor, or a liquid level monitor. Apps using the pressure sensor can work as a barometer, an altimeter, calculate elevation differences so you can measure the height of a building, be hooked up to a pressure cuff to work as a blood pressure monitor, and more. Humidity sensing is not just for weather, it determines comfort level for infants, finds the optimum conditions for storing foods, and could even help prevent mold from growing in your home.” – Sensordrone

This little gadget costs just $199, and connects via Bluetooth 2.1 & 4.0 to Android devices, iPhones, iPads and other tablets, and data from the Sensordrone can be easily shared with your network using the web service of your choice (Twitter, Facebook, etc.).

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