One Small App From NASA, One Giant Chemical Sensor for iPhone


NASA has created a chemical sensor accessory for the iPhone. Gizmodo calls this the day the first Tricorder was created, we call it cosmically cool in any time/space continuum.

The low-cost, low-power system can detect minimal concentrations of ammonia, chlorine gas, and methane, showing the values in an iPhone application. It can automatically communicate the results with other cellphones or the Enterprise's computer using Wi-Fi or 3G, and order massive teleportation evacuations if needed. OK, not true. No teleportation yet, but we are getting there.

Okay, now where's the transporter app?

Rene Ritchie

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Jailbreaker says:

There is no limit to the iPhone I'm waiting for the beer dispensing add on

The Reptile says:

Methane? I wonder if it can be paired with the multitude of fart apps available to iPhone users. That's one unbeatable combination even.
Yes, I realize that I just crapped all over (figuratively, of course) Rene waxing poetic over the reality of cool Star Trek gear in order to make a really bad joke. What good is the Internet if you can't make a fart joke?

NevadaScott#IM says:

now there might be an option for real breathalyzer test. and maybe they could tie it into that viper car start thing so if ya blow too high, your car won't start. hmm.

Ferrigno says:

I just farted... My cell phone is beeping.... It DOES work....!!!!

jasondeno says:

Ya, but will it be approved in the app store before our next mission to Mars? Does AT&T have 3G on Deimos?

tweger01 says:

Does it measure metachlorian levels?


@ boots.... then you should remove yourself from here tw@t.

Verga says:

^Ha that's the best name.

Tatom1981 says:

Why is there a need to moderate comments. I actually enjoy watching some comedy in this blog, which is why I contribute here. If you don't like it , then don't read the comments. The day Rene starts banning commenters is the day I stop reading this blog, and spend more time on macrumors, 9to5mac, ilounge etc... Lastly, Ron Jeremys comments are entertaining!

Amu says:

Pretty funny how it says Maemo 6 at the top XD

Real Name says:

Ya sure everybody use their real names from now on and their address' too real smart your even stupider than the people using fake names.


RON JEREMY SAYS a bad breath-o-meter app would probably sell measures how rank your breath is with a meter kinda like on the voice memo native app. One more bad app won't make a difference.

Jackal says:

What's the thing in the headphone port?

Sean Peters says:

So awesome. NOAA needs to get in on the act and provide an attachment that does barometer and temperature readings, then sends them back to the NOAA mothership. It would be a great way to get additional weather data.

GinoDotCom says:

Whatever happen to all the external devices that were supposed to be compatible when 3.0 was released? Like the blood pressure cuff that would take your blood pressure right through an app- I remember seeing this at the apple keynote but really haven't heard from, since.

Michael Manna says:

I'm waiting for a hardware keyboard accessory as well.

iBlackdude says:

Muahahaha ha ha ha (Stewie Griffin's evil laugh) !!!!!
What ?
Wrong post....