iPhone Wind Meter Lets You Make Your Own Surf Forecasts

Your local forecaster's weather predictions are a good start if you're a surfer — or really any athlete who relies on the wind — waiting for the perfect conditions. But for more precise on-the-spot forecasts, Shaka's anemometer accessory turns your iPhone into a handheld weather station.

When available, the $US60 wind meter will simply attach to your phone's headphone jack, feeding data about wind speed, direction and the temperature to an accompanying app. You can then compare today's measurements with past readings, share them with fellow users via various social networks, or even contribute to a crowdsourced map that provides current wind readings all around the country. So even if your local conditions aren't ideal for your extreme kite flying, you can easily find a spot where they are.

[Shaka via OhGizmo! via Engadget]


Comments

    Awesome... as a Windsurfer this could prove useful...

    Im more interested in how the app reads the information from the sensor...

      The sensor probably just emits a series of speed dependent pulses and these are read by the app. I'll stick with my cheap digital pocket anemometer.

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