Thermodo from Robocat Measures Ambient Air Temperature Using the iPhone's Headphone Jack

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Robocat, the Danish software studio behind apps like Haze and Thermo, has launched a new Kickstarter project for a small thermometer that can be plugged into the headphone jack of a smartphone or tablet to measure indoor and outdoor temperatures.
    Thermodo, 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 ºF to 120 ºF).

    Backers can get a Thermodo device for a $25 pledge, or the premium version for $39. The company has already met its Kickstarter goal 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
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jul 11, 2008
    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.

  3. macrumors member

    May 6, 2010
  4. macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2009
    I'm going to get one and monitor the temperature changes in my flatulence. Is it hotter in the AM, or PM, etc...
  5. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2011
    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.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2011
    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.
  7. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    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?
  8. macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2013
    I can imagine this just to see if my iPhone handles the current weather . Or the battery that is.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2008
    Surrey, BC
    I was very close to pledging, but only works down to -20 degrees celcius?
  10. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    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...
  11. macrumors 68030

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    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.
  12. macrumors 68030


    Nov 20, 2008
    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.
  13. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    That's like half the year in Minnesota!

    Okay, not really.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2008
    Surrey, BC
    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

    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
  15. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    First Kickstarter I've ever supported. Me and my brother are huge weather nuts in this house. This is going to get used everyday.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2010
    Depends on where you live. If you live in a place that is commonly below -20ºC (like Fargo) then it wouldn't measure ;)
  17. macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2011
  18. macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    there's an app for that. :)

    haha, a whistle! awesome.
  19. macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2011
    It can measure the temperature indoors as well as outdoors? What manner of voodoo is this?
  20. macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2011
    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!
  21. macrumors 68020


    Nov 16, 2006
    No idea what it would be used for but its cool anyway. Amazingly compact too.
  22. RMo
    macrumors 65816

    Aug 7, 2007
    Iowa, USA
    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. :)
  23. macrumors 68000


    Oct 1, 2004
    Mountains of Vermont
    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.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 2, 2010
    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
  25. macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2008
    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.

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