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Lapka turns your iPhone into an environmental monitoring station

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August 9, 2012

Lapka is  sensor that works with an iPhone app to present data on various environmental fa...

Lapka is sensor that works with an iPhone app to present data on various environmental factors

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Have you ever sat and wondered what the radiation level is in your house? Or whether that food you're about to greedily tuck into is organic or not? Then Lapka may have been conceived with you in mind. The people behind Lapka – a set of sensors and accompanying app for the Apple iPhone – claim their product can do all of the above and more besides.

Lapka is a set of four independent sensors that, when teamed up with an iPhone and its accompanying app, offer information pertaining to the unseen particles, ions, molecules and waves that surround us. The people behind Lapka have labeled it a "personal environment monitor," which, if it does indeed do what it's claimed it's capable of doing, is a fairly accurate description.

The most compelling of the four sensors claims to test a food's level of organicity – as in, is it grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers? This sensor works when the user inserts a steel probe into their meal that is designed to determine the levels of nitrates, commonly used in non-organic fertilizers, contained therein.

The other sensors measure temperature and humidity levels, radiation levels, and EMF (electromagnetic frequencies). When the sensor is then connected to the iPhone, the free app presents the data recorded in a number of different ways, all of which are intended to make the data intelligible to ordinary people. The sensors themselves look great, with an aesthetic clearly designed to complement the iPhone.

The four Lapka sensors which, when hooked up to an iPhone, become an environment monitorin...

There's scope here for an incredible range of sensors, all of which would link to your iPhone and provide instant information on any number of environmental factors. But for now, Lapka consists of just the four, with no technical information available to determine either how they work or how accurate the data they'll provide the user will be.

Lapka is currently at the prototype stage, with plans to release the product by the end of the year with a price tag of around US$220 for the set of four sensors – iPhone not included.

Source: Lapka via Co. Design

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5 Comments

You know what would be really cool!!!! If they hired a photographer that didn't blow out every single picture like he was applying some shitting instagram filter or has zero grasp on exposure settings....

The details on what looks to be a nicely designed product are completely lost... amateur hour on the photo work.

reefingbuddha
10th August, 2012 @ 04:42 am PDT

I'm sorry, but measuring "organicity"???! WTF?

This thing measures nitrate, and that's it. It will detect nitrates in some organic foods. And it will definitely NOT detect any GMO's or pesticides.

How about some truth in advertizing? Or lacking that, at least some common sense in reporting about advertizing?

PatrikD
10th August, 2012 @ 02:04 pm PDT

Damnit, Spock!, put all these sensors into a unit that I can plug my iPhone into, so I can use it as easy as my tricorder. You green blooded, inhuman.....

Billy Brooks
10th August, 2012 @ 11:31 pm PDT

A couple of kickstarters already produced products like this, for both Android and iPhone. They work over Bluetooth, so you also don't have an ugly wire.

Charles Bosse
12th August, 2012 @ 08:59 pm PDT

Interesting. Only those who are "Apples" will get this. No word about Android. The web site for Lapka ( http://mylapka.com is getting blocked by my anti-virus security as a dangerous Page that can transmit malicious software or has been involved in online scams or fraud.) trend Micro only does this for something serious, I guess.

Steven Purdy
24th August, 2012 @ 05:16 am PDT
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