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MacRumors
Mar 7, 2013, 11:58 AM
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Robocat (http://www.robocatapps.com), the Danish software studio behind apps like Haze (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/02/15/minimalistic-gesture-controlled-weather-app-haze-hits-the-app-store/) and Thermo (http://appshopper.com/weather/thermo-2), has launched a new Kickstarter project (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/robocat/thermodo-the-tiny-thermometer-for-mobile-devices) for a small thermometer that can be plugged into the headphone jack of a smartphone or tablet to measure indoor and outdoor temperatures.You can measure the temperature indoors as well as outdoors. Track the temperature and see how it rises after you turned on the radiator or check how the temperature drops during a summer night. No network connection required. Thermodo comes with a neat little keyring so you'll always have it with you.http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/03/thermodo.jpgThermodo, which comes with a cap and a keyring, functions with a custom companion app in addition to Robocat's already existing weather apps. The studio will also release an SDK, allowing other developers to create apps that work with the device.

The miniature thermometer comes in black, white, and a premium anodized aluminum version available through Kickstarter. It measures temperatures in the range of -20 C to +50 C (-5 F to 120 F).

Backers can get a Thermodo device for a $25 pledge, or the premium version for $39. The company has already met its Kickstarter goal (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/robocat/thermodo-the-tiny-thermometer-for-mobile-devices) of $35,000 and plans to begin full production in July, with an estimated shipping date of August.

Article Link: Thermodo from Robocat Measures Ambient Air Temperature Using the iPhone's Headphone Jack (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/03/07/thermodo-from-robocat-measures-ambient-air-temperature-using-the-iphones-headphone-jack/)



furi0usbee
Mar 7, 2013, 12:01 PM
I don't know about others, but I use weather data in passing. Meaning, I really don't care what the exact temperature is. As long as I can get the ballpark number, I'm fine. I don't spend more than 15 minutes per year inside a weather app probably, and I'd spend even less plugging and unplugging this thing in my iPhone/iPad.

Bryan

darkslayer13
Mar 7, 2013, 12:01 PM
Damn thats 'cool' :D

nefan65
Mar 7, 2013, 12:02 PM
I'm going to get one and monitor the temperature changes in my flatulence. Is it hotter in the AM, or PM, etc...

ToomeyND
Mar 7, 2013, 12:04 PM
Could I connect it to an 3.5mm audio extension cable? Then I could run the cord from outside to my bedroom and plug in the extension in the morning to see the temp outside. THAT would be cool.

extricated
Mar 7, 2013, 12:08 PM
Not much appeals to me here except the novelty of it.

Since it isn't data network dependent, I could see a use if you were camping "off the grid", for example. Even at that, when I go camping I check the weather forcast ahead of time and then just deal with the temperatures as they come. If I'm in an "off the grid" situation, I don't need a thermometer to try and figure out why I'm cold.

ArtOfWarfare
Mar 7, 2013, 12:09 PM
Could I connect it to an 3.5mm audio extension cable? Then I could run the cord from outside to my bedroom and plug in the extension in the morning to see the temp outside. THAT would be cool.

I can't imagine why you wouldn't be able to.

How accurate is it? And -5F seems like an awfully high lower limit... How cold can my iPhone get while I use it?

Adava
Mar 7, 2013, 12:13 PM
I can imagine this just to see if my iPhone handles the current weather . Or the battery that is.

Tankmaze
Mar 7, 2013, 12:14 PM
it's a novelty idea, but can't really see the praticality in the concept.

here in singapore it's either hot or raining :D maybe people living in the northern hemisphere could benefit from this...

fruitpunch.ben
Mar 7, 2013, 12:14 PM
I was very close to pledging, but only works down to -20 degrees celcius?
Useless!

Amazing Iceman
Mar 7, 2013, 12:23 PM
Could I connect it to an 3.5mm audio extension cable? Then I could run the cord from outside to my bedroom and plug in the extension in the morning to see the temp outside. THAT would be cool.

it would need to be an audio extension with 4-segment plugs. A regular stereo cable wouldn't work.

Or, you could get one of those remote bluetooth or Wifi Weather Stations that work with an iOS device.

Mlrollin91
Mar 7, 2013, 12:23 PM
I was very close to pledging, but only works down to -20 degrees celcius?
Useless!

iPhone 5 Tech Specs..

Operating ambient temperature: 32 to 95 F (0 to 35 C)
Nonoperating temperature: −4 to 113 F (−20 to 45 C)

So obviously it was designed around the environmental requirements of the phone itself.

Parasprite
Mar 7, 2013, 12:23 PM
I was very close to pledging, but only works down to -20 degrees celcius?
Useless!

That's like half the year in Minnesota!

Okay, not really.

fruitpunch.ben
Mar 7, 2013, 12:37 PM
iPhone 5 Tech Specs..

Operating ambient temperature: 32 to 95 F (0 to 35 C)
Nonoperating temperature: −4 to 113 F (−20 to 45 C)

So obviously it was designed around the environmental requirements of the phone itself.

I don't think so. I think whatever temperature sensor they are using doesn't go down any further. I am hopeful that since they reached their goal so quickly, and since they can sympathize with below -20 weather presumably, being in Denmark, they will have a stretch goal with a better sensor


That's like half the year in Minnesota!

Okay, not really.

Lol yeah. It is almost half the year in some places in this country, although not where I am. Here we only have <10 days per year it drops below -20. But my friends in Carman, MB have a different experience

Jessica Lares
Mar 7, 2013, 12:50 PM
First Kickstarter I've ever supported. Me and my brother are huge weather nuts in this house. This is going to get used everyday.

coder12
Mar 7, 2013, 12:57 PM
Could I connect it to an 3.5mm audio extension cable? Then I could run the cord from outside to my bedroom and plug in the extension in the morning to see the temp outside. THAT would be cool.

Depends on where you live. If you live in a place that is commonly below -20C (like Fargo) then it wouldn't measure ;)

cmchsmjm
Mar 7, 2013, 01:20 PM
This one has a whistle AND a compass.
Best of all it doesn't draw power from your laptop

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Thermometer-Compass-Whistle-Survival-Camping-3-in-1-I-/140518150047?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20b788cf9f

$.99 inc shipping

gatearray
Mar 7, 2013, 01:44 PM
Could I connect it to an 3.5mm audio extension cable? Then I could run the cord from outside to my bedroom and plug in the extension in the morning to see the temp outside. THAT would be cool.

there's an app for that. :)

This one has a whistle AND a compass.
Best of all it doesn't draw power from your laptop

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Thermometer-Compass-Whistle-Survival-Camping-3-in-1-I-/140518150047?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20b788cf9f

$.99 inc shipping

haha, a whistle! awesome.

Ray Brady
Mar 7, 2013, 01:45 PM
It can measure the temperature indoors as well as outdoors? What manner of voodoo is this?

delnerdo
Mar 7, 2013, 01:48 PM
It's a neat idea - I wonder how difficult it was to write the driver.
Does the iOS API support GPIO over that connector???

If it were a non-contact IR thermometer, then so much the better!

Kissaragi
Mar 7, 2013, 02:05 PM
No idea what it would be used for but its cool anyway. Amazingly compact too.

RMo
Mar 7, 2013, 02:18 PM
Could I connect it to an 3.5mm audio extension cable? Then I could run the cord from outside to my bedroom and plug in the extension in the morning to see the temp outside. THAT would be cool.

You could also get a thermometer. I can see the temperature any time of day, and I don't need to plug my phone into a cord that I've run outside to see it. :)

pubwvj
Mar 7, 2013, 03:18 PM
It needs much lower lower limit. Using an extension cable this could be interesting. Unfortunately virtually any price is going to be too high.

What I would really be interested in is being able to have an array of sensors that could be monitored by an iPodTouch, iPhone and iPad and then served up. Preferably wired so I don't have lots of batteries to deal with but wireless is also interesting - ideally both.

vartanarsen
Mar 7, 2013, 03:36 PM
I like the idea of peripheral devices that make use of iOS devices without needing Internet... Cause sometimes there isn't Internet...for example tomtom is a great app that uses GPS without absolutely needing Internet...

1 peripheral I woul love to invent if not already out there is a peripheral plug in that picks up local tv...perfect for storms etc that wipe out cable Internet and tv

joueboy
Mar 7, 2013, 04:02 PM
This should have been a built-in feature on iPhone along with the Weather app. Imagine when you swipe down notification and you can see temperatures both indoor and outdoor. I hope they'll integrate this in sometime in the future or maybe we'll see that on the iWatch this year.

ghettochris
Mar 7, 2013, 04:17 PM
the tricorder is coming. I can't wait for the laser/sonar 3d scanner,or gas analyzer! If i was in china with bad air I would want my iphone to measure how bad the smog is.

waloshin
Mar 7, 2013, 04:59 PM
The range isn't good enough for where I live. We need around -35 Celsius for it to be useful. And yes that is before the Wind Chill.

ProVideo
Mar 7, 2013, 05:31 PM
I can't think of one reason why I would use this.

I would be more interested in a thermometer for taking someone's temperature. Mouth, not rear, preferably.

Even better would be an attachment with an infrared laser for cooking or industrial purposes.

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1 peripheral I woul love to invent if not already out there is a peripheral plug in that picks up local tv...perfect for storms etc that wipe out cable Internet and tv
I was about to say, break out the Sega Gamegear with the TV tuner. Then I realized that won't even work since the switch from Analog to Digital signals. :(

http://i.imgur.com/LJS7DH6.jpg

Rocketman
Mar 7, 2013, 07:09 PM
If you are going to make a plug-in sensor anyway, why not increase its utility by not only capturing temperature, but humidity, air pressure, and light level and frequency? The set up cost is less than double and the utility and market served is x10.

Rocketman

vartanarsen
Mar 7, 2013, 08:21 PM
I can't think of one reason why I would use this.

I would be more interested in a thermometer for taking someone's temperature. Mouth, not rear, preferably.

Even better would be an attachment with an infrared laser for cooking or industrial purposes.

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I was about to say, break out the Sega Gamegear with the TV tuner. Then I realized that won't even work since the switch from Analog to Digital signals. :(

Image (http://i.imgur.com/LJS7DH6.jpg)

Seriously though, I can't believe no one has thought of a local tv tune in....we all take 3G or wifi for granted, what if we get caught without it. It would be great to plug in a local tv tuner....

How can I ever start even thinking about a kick starter project for this...I wold have no idea even how to make it!!! Lol

atari1356
Mar 7, 2013, 08:46 PM
1 peripheral I woul love to invent if not already out there is a peripheral plug in that picks up local tv...perfect for storms etc that wipe out cable Internet and tv

Elgato has the "eyetv mobile (http://www.elgato.com/elgato/na/mainmenu/products/EyeTV-Mobile.html)" (that's the U.S. version, for most other countries you'd need this version (http://www.elgato.com/elgato/int/mainmenu/products/tuner/EyeTV-Mobile12.en.html)).

vartanarsen
Mar 7, 2013, 09:10 PM
Elgato has the "eyetv mobile (http://www.elgato.com/elgato/na/mainmenu/products/EyeTV-Mobile.html)" (that's the U.S. version, for most other countries you'd need this version (http://www.elgato.com/elgato/int/mainmenu/products/tuner/EyeTV-Mobile12.en.html)).

Blimey!!!!! Someone DID invent it already!!!!

Verbatim Cookie
Mar 7, 2013, 09:14 PM
As a landlord in NYC, I may have a use for this. We have to maintain a certain temperature in apartments during heat season (http://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/tenants/heat-and-hot-water.shtml). If a tenant complains it's too cold in his or her apartment, I need to be able to verify that. A regular thermometer is a pain because you have to wait for it to reach the ambient temperature.

ProVideo
Mar 7, 2013, 09:46 PM
Elgato has the "eyetv mobile (http://www.elgato.com/elgato/na/mainmenu/products/EyeTV-Mobile.html)" (that's the U.S. version, for most other countries you'd need this version (http://www.elgato.com/elgato/int/mainmenu/products/tuner/EyeTV-Mobile12.en.html)).
That device only receives TV signals from the Dyle network (http://www.dyle.tv/).

The signal of the Dyle network looks spotty and it sounds like they will start charging a fee to use it in 2014.

Is there a subscription fee for Dyle mobile TV?
Dyle mobile TV is available with no subscription fee through the end of 2013.
http://www.dyle.tv/faqs/

I will wait for something that receives an ATSC signal like an HD Television does.

ben123456
Mar 7, 2013, 10:21 PM
It's cool but what is the real world use of it?

huntermaclean
Mar 7, 2013, 10:54 PM
Could I connect it to an 3.5mm audio extension cable? Then I could run the cord from outside to my bedroom and plug in the extension in the morning to see the temp outside. THAT would be cool.

ಠ_ಠ
Grandpa: "When I was your age we had an actual thermometer outside the window!"

cmchsmjm
Mar 8, 2013, 01:45 AM
I am thinking about launching a kickstarter project to get support for a doo dat that plugs into your iPhone or iPad (all models) that tells you how much useless crap you have bought to plug into your iPhone or iPad (all models)

I was going to call it the iSuck but I think that name would confuse people who have already bought similar gadgets!!

Lancer
Mar 8, 2013, 02:01 AM
What's the likelihood that the iPhone 6 will have this built in?

What I'd like is a build in sonic detector to measure short distances, like in a room.

fhall1
Mar 8, 2013, 07:57 AM
If it were a non-contact IR thermometer, then so much the better!

This!! +1

JAT
Mar 8, 2013, 09:40 AM
1 peripheral I woul love to invent if not already out there is a peripheral plug in that picks up local tv...perfect for storms etc that wipe out cable Internet and tv

If a storm 'wipes out TV', antennas won't help, either.