Smartphones become pocket labs

 

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That universal device that is the smartphone continues to surprise us with new ways its sensors, processing power and connectedness can be deployed.

A new accessory for the data hungry, (paranoid) health conscious consumer is the Lapka, which Springwise calls:

an aesthetically pleasing and scientifically accurate personal environment monitor, consisting of white plastic sensors and an app that presents the data in a visual and easy-to-understand way.

The Lapka device and accompanying app will variously fill you in on:

  • The amount of nitrates in your food or drink (showing how “organic” it is)
  • The amount of radiation in your environment
  • Electromagnetic fields caused by electronic devices
  • Temperature and humidity

It partly reminds of the Star Trek tricorder that Spock was always using to pronounce on the chemical composition of this or that alien object…

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Although with respect to the 60s props department, the Lapka looks a little more sleek…

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