Sensor Sense dresses your smartphone sensors' data in Material Design


Developer: Kristof JannesDownload: Android
Category: ToolsPrice: Free (ad-supported)

The typical smartphone of today packs enough sensors to act as a miniature weather station if you have an app to take advantage of them. Sensor Sense is something like that. It lines up all your smartphone sensors in a card-based interface that takes Android 5.0's Material Design language to heart. It moves, looks and feels true to Google's elaborate vision, which is still something of a novelty right now. 

But let's talk about that sensor data. Sensor Sense supports an extensive list of sensors - Environment (temperature, light, pressure, humidity, sound), Motion (acceleration, gravity, gyroscope), Position (magnetic field, proximity), Location (longitude, latitude, altitude), and Battery (level, voltage, temperature, status, health). 

Each type of sensor has its own graphic icon and its output is presented in a card that you can tap to access more data. The app generates a chart from the sensor data, and uncovers its manufacturer and model name. After all, how much do you really know about your smartphone if you don't know its pressure sensor is the LPS25H from STMicroelectronics? Way to be an uber-nerd about it!

We loaded the app on the sensor-stuffed Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and its heir apparent (the Galaxy Note 4) and weren't left disappointed. In fact, we're slightly worried about the air humidity in our office - it's above 50%. Hopefully, the in-office HTC One (M8) won't get rusty!

Sensor Sense is free with unobtrusive banner ads showing up in the very bottom. It's only up on Android.

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