Turning your smartphone into a weather station

We're fascinated by the weather. And now, we can check the weather for ourselves with a range of smartphone gadgets that can turn your handset into a weather station.
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Turning your smartphone into a weather station

In Britain, we love the weather. Or at least, we love talking about it and checking it, and we download weather millions of times each year. Now though, we can checkout the weather ourselves with some great new smartphone gizmos.

This is Smarthy. Just plug it into the headphone socket in your smartphone and it’ll tell you the air temperature and humidity. The app is pretty smart too. It displays graphs and previous results, but it’ll also sound an alarm if the temperature or humidity goes above or below a certain number. It’ll even stamp your photos with the temperature. So, when you’re away in Greece, all your friends will know how great your holiday’s going.

Kitesurfers, windsurfers, motorcyclists, and whoever else needs to know wind speed can get Vaavud. Slot it into the headphone socket, and as soon as the wind gets hold of it, it’ll start to turn and give you the wind in real time through the Vaavud app. It’ll give a history of results too, so noticing trends is easy.

Infrared thermometers are brilliant because they’ll give you the temperature of absolutely anything. You can check the temperature of people, animals, objects and more. Just plug the thermometer into the headphone jack, open the app and point. If you ever need to know the temperature of anything, this is it.

One of our favourite weather accessories is Weather Hub. It comes in two parts, with the sensor sending information to the hub. Put the sensor anywhere you want, inside or out, and then connect the hub to the internet. Then you’ll get temperature, humidity and more all sent to your phone. What’s really amazing though is that you connect up to 50 weather hubs to your phone, and check them all at the same time with the app. Check the weather at the office, at your holiday home or even your sister’s before popping over to visit!

All are available now for iPhone and in October for Android phones.

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