It could be wireless by using bluetooth, wifi or even better yet, GSM. Wifi would be great since it would give you enough range that you could place the sensor in a spot that has good fetch while you can be someplace remote and you would not need an additional data plan, while GSM would allow you to place the sensor any where and receive reports from it anywhere in the world...plummet wrote:Ok i'm going abit left feild here.
But i think that any device you have to plug into the phone is pointless. you might as well have an separate wind meter.
So.... you need to use the phones exsisting sensors to make the reading. Therefore you need to design the app around photo/video evidence and then have the app cross reference it against the Beaufort scale to give an indication.
As a cross reference to this you give local all known current weather stations in the world. The app would locate the closest weather station and give you that reading, historical data and current forecast for you location so you can have all data at your fingure tips.
Thats awesome Looks like it does it's job.Don Lester wrote:How about this.............
I luv that contraption... DAMN good ideaDon Lester wrote:How about this.............
How would you calibrate Don's device?joller wrote:I like Don's one.
The wind force is far more useful information. If you are in a cool climate - say 10 deg C average with humid air, you will use at least one kite size smaller than if you are in a warm climate, say 25 deg C with the same wind speed.
The force is a major factor and quite deceiving. Don's guage will actually measure wind force, instead of speed, as the flap measures the force of the wind. That makes it so much more useful as it can be transported anywhere and the same kite size would always correspond to the same meter reading.
I agree.... it is quite ingenious and I know I'm going to have my hands full just trying to copy itDon Lester wrote:You know, the beauty of this device is that you don't have to calibrate it, you could inter change the wind speed with just any number you want. After a few days of watching it you'll know what number corresponds to your choice of kite size. You could also make it more or less sensitive by how large or heavy you make the paddle. The heavier the paddle the closer it will read the average conditions, the larger the paddle the more it will fly around, reading the gusts. It's really quite ingenious I wish I had thought of it !
I believe Bruce Sheldon in Rio Vista, Calif. invented it............
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