The answer is blowin' in the wind, thanks to Vaavud's smartphone accessory and app
The meter itself fits into the 3.5mm earphone jack on a smartphone. The sound from the wind is picked up using the earphone jack, and converted into a windspeed measurement using the app. The app analyzes and collects the data, giving Vaavud readings from the wind around the world. The company is receiving 4000 new measurements per week which is quite a feat considering that it is relying on consumers buying the meter for $50 a pop.
The meter works with the Apple iPhone 4, Apple iPhone 4s, Apple iPhone 5, Apple iPhone 5c and Apple iPhone 5s. It also is supported by the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S4, Nexus 5 and the HTC One. An algorithm designed by the company even allows indoor readings to be eliminated, and can also tell when someone blows on the meter to create false readings.
Is anyone interested in wind measurements? You bet they are. Agricultural giant Lantmännen Maskin AB is partners with Vaavud on a project to measure wind speed in Sweden to keep a close eye on crops that are using pesticide. The country has strict new regulations on using the poison with certain crops that are digested by humans.
The combination of low and high tech just might teach us a thing or two about the wind, and could help develop technology in the future that improves our lives.
source: Vaaud via TechCrunch
1. fzacek (Posts: 1443; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
I was just thinking about something like this for my RC aircraft earlier in the day.
2. SAO101789 (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)
It would be better it if it was able to charge your phone in less than 10 years our phones will charge itself c:
5. lyndon420 (Posts: 1715; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
If it takes less than 10 years to charge my phone using this...I'm sold lol.
3. Lt.Green (Posts: 358; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Looks like a Mickey Mouse hat for your phone.
4. 14545 (Posts: 1101; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
This is actually pretty awesome. Not super useful for the average person, but awesome nonetheless. I hope it gets funded.
6. Sauce (unregistered)
This is pretty cool. This will be useful for my friends who fly RC planes.
In other news, iPhone 5c OUTSELLS all Android, BB, and Windows phones during winter quarter..... OUCH.
7. hurrycanger (Posts: 985; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
Yeah, that other news was a little surprise for me today, lol.
8. Sauce (unregistered)
Me too, a big surprise lol, which is why I posted that.
iPhone 5c (the 5crap everyone talks about): 12.8 million
Galaxy S4 (still one of the best) 9 million
ALL of Nokia: 8.2 million
ALL of Windows Phones (Globally): *around* 8.2 million
All Blackberry (whats BB anymore?): 6 million (still surprising)
People say that more sales don't mean anything. They kinda do.. it's common sense. Yes, each phone attracts taste to certain individuals, but it is the most sold phones that attract the most individuals.
14. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2120; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Not sure where you got your numbers, Sauce, but I can't see how they are even remotely true.
No numbers for December in this chart, but the S4 has outsold the 5c at all 4 major carriers every month since November. In fact, October was the only month the 5c sold more & that was only with AT&T. What you're saying is simply not possible.
15. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2120; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I found the article where you got your numbers. Something doesn't add up.
9. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5258; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
If that news is only based on one country which it's only the US then it's nothing to brag about; if it's based on worldwide, then it's a breaking news.
10. Sauce (unregistered)
Yes true, but it is still a good news piece because of how large the smartphone industry is in the states.
11. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5258; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
What's weird is that the iPhone 5c didn't gain much sales in countries outside US, I think it's because of the expensive price for such phone when there are much better phones out there (even the iPhone 5). So, did you tip that news to PA?
12. Sauce (unregistered)
Yea exactly, I was thinking this exact thing, China in particular.
13. hurrycanger (Posts: 985; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
I guess it cannot make it worldwide because the carrier subsidize system in the US is not available widely elsewhere. I see a lot of people being like "It costs only half the 5S." -_-
16. ffaarrooqq (Posts: 64; Member since: 26 May 2011)
After looking at pic I thought it might be a charging accessory. But unfortunately its not.