We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

Sensordrone: The Sensor Swiss Army Knife for Your Smartphone

The size of a keychain, the Sensordrone gives your smartphone a whole new range of senses.

There's an app for pretty much everything, but when it comes getting input from the physical environment, smartphones are fairly limited. Mark, Ben, Mark, and Brian, a group of sensor enthusiasts from Sensorcon, noticed this, and developed a device to fix the smartphone sensor deficiency problem, dubbed Sensordrone.

Sensordrone is a keychain sized accessory for your smartphone that sends information about the physical environment to your phone. They jammed as many sensors as they could into the smallest profile possible, and then added Bluetooth to connect it to their phones. Its components range from several sensors for detecting harmful gases, to a non-contact thermometer that can measure temperature without touching the object. All of the sensors can collect data in real time for you to use in whatever way you want.

Confused? Sensodrone's makers built some sample apps to give you an idea of what it can do. For example, one app uses Sensodrone to measure your blood alcohol content; another can monitor the air quality and alert you if the air is unhealthy. The Sensordrone team also plans to make the software open source so that anybody can modify the sample code or build their own apps.

The Sensordrone is normally $175, which may seem like a bit much to spend just to tinker with a bunch of sensors, but you probably won't be able to find as nice a suite of sensors in such a neat little package anywhere else. Sensordrone is only in Kickstarter phase right now, but it's already successfully met it's goal. Make sure you check out the Kickstarter page for a full list of the Sensordrone's features and capabilities, or if you want to pick one up yourself.


Like this? You might also enjoy...

Get more GeekTech: Twitter - Facebook - RSS | Tip us off

IDG UK Sites

Best camera phone of 2015: iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G4 vs Galaxy S6 vs One M9 vs Nexus 6

IDG UK Sites

In defence of BlackBerrys

IDG UK Sites

Why we should reserve judgement on Apple ditching Helvetica in OS X/iOS for the Apple Watch's San...

IDG UK Sites

Retina 3.3GHz iMac 27in preview: Apple cuts £400 of price of Retina iMac with new model