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Ready for a mind-blowing example of what Android is capable of? You'd better be - Sensorcon, hoping for funding from Kickstarter, has thrown together a demonstration of Sensordrone, an accessory for your Android device that will be small enough to fit on your keychain and yet powerful enough to pack 13 different sensors under its hood, paving the road for hundreds of potential new apps.

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In a nutshell, Sensordrone is an entire suite of sensors, useful for projects ranging from gas oxidization to color intensity measurement. It will communicate the information it finds to your handset via Bluetooth, at which point a Sensordrone-enabled app will take over. Here's a video demonstration:

If you didn't quite catch all of Sensordrone's features, we don't blame you - to say there's a lot of them would be a drastic understatement. Fortunately, Sensorcon put together a list of the included sensors:

  • Precision Electrochemical Gas Sensor - Calibrated for Carbon Monoxide (Also can be used for precision measurements of Alcohol, Hydrogen, and others)
  • Gas Sensor for Oxidizing Gases - MOS type for Chlorine, Ozone, Nitrogen Dioxide, etc.
  • Gas Sensor for Reducing Gases - (MOS type for methane, Propane, alcohols, other hydrocarbons, etc.)
  • Temperature - Simple resistance temperature sensor type
  • Humidity
  • Pressure - can be used for Barometer, Altimeter, Blood Pressure, etc.
  • Non-Contact Thermometer - Infrared sensor for scanning object temperature
  • Proximity Capacitance - fluid level, intrusion detection, stud finder & more applications
  • Red Color Intensity
  • Green Color Intensity
  • Blue Color Intensity
  • Illumination - combine RGB & illumination for color matching
  • Digital & Analog Interface - Expansion connector for connecting anything you want to your mobile device through the Sensordrone

Moreover, as the video points out, should you for whatever reason desire even more sensors, you'll be able to connect any piece of hardware to the Sensordrone using the 0.1" pitch header that, according to the Sensorcon, supports both digital (RS-232, I2C) and analog signals. This will enable "expansion modules" for things like air quality monitors.

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The theoretical applications of Sensordrone are simply astounding - for instance, the devs imagine that, using crowd-sourced data from Sensordrone users in a specific area, better air quality and weather station networking will be made possible. Examine the improvement for yourself using the images below - the picture on the left shows New York's official Air Quality Index network, while its counterpart on the right depicts what Sensordrone data could do.

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So, when will it go on sale? Assuming Sensorcon achieves its goal of $25,000 in donations before July 11th (which seems quite likely considering it's received about $23,000 as of this post), "early birds" - those who pledged $149 or more - should begin to receive their Sensordrones in September. However, Sensorcon has already reached its limit of 100 early birds, so that option is no longer available; still, if you pledge $175+, you should receive a unit in October, which is also currently scheduled to be the general production release.

Compatibility will start with Android - other platforms (i.e. iOS, Blackberry OS, and Windows) will follow, and then only if Sensordrone's initial launch is successful.

As stated in the video, the price is pretty impressive given Sensordrone's capabilities - the device will cost you $175; if you were to buy all the included sensors individually, you'd be coughing up something to the tune of $925.

If your interest has been kindled, hit up the source link for all sorts of information about the project, from details about Sensorcon's engineers to instructions on pledging money.

Source: Sensordrone

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • wolfkabal

    Let me know when HTC, Samsung, or Motorola (Google) buy the rights and incorporate this into the phone.

    Though the hacker in me will probably get one anyways.

    • ProductFRED

      Might take a while; it seems they're more interested in trying to make their phones thinner than paper.

      • wolfkabal

        Agreed - which is why I won't be holding my breath.

    • state-it

      If you want one of these INSIDE your phone, I think you're missing the point of it...

      • wolfkabal

        No, I completely get the point. But only about 10% of those uses would require the sensors to be any form of distance from your phone. Phones with these types of sensor capabilities would be invaluable. 

        It's no different than about 10 years ago - "why would you want to be able to watch video on your phone?" - same thing now, why wouldn't you want these capabilities already built in.

  • John

    Looks like a great tool for first responders, utility workers and construction workers for possible detection of dangerous air/gas mixtures. Great idea for professionals but maybe not a via consumer product.

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    Good for corporate use but priced too high for consumers

  • https://plus.google.com/116879163037230501137/posts Cullen Maglothin

    Maybe instead of trying to make the thinnest phone in the universe, they could just make the components they already have smaller, adding more space for other new sensor to actually have the most advanced device ever built for a consumer. Fuck this shit. I want a fucking tricorder. >.>

  • http://twitter.com/psych2L Joseph Lee

    Wow this is star trek stuff right here. We finally have a medical tricorder!

  • Kellic

    REALLY tempted to order one right now.  Just wish it was a little more polished around the edges for $175, but I understand that is where donations are for and this is a startup after all.  Might go and donate $20 if nothing out.

    Screw it. I'll do the $175 on the next paycheck. I have a feeling there is going to be a TON of apps for this thing in short order.

  • Not enough minerals

    i'll be honest. i want it badly. 
    but i want it INSIDE my phone, not outside.

    i want to some day have a all-in-one gadget that can literally measure anything, and i want it to be my cellphone

  • Jay

    Man imagine this thing has a credit card/bank card skimmer sensor and a 10 minute walk though the mall would yield a stack of data ready to be exploited.
    I'm not a criminal but shit it couldn't be hard to implement.
    Scary!

  • Computer90713

    How about a strobe-type tachometer? Can current flash LEDs be used for this purpose? Haven't seen an app for that yet.

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