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Anemometer for iPhone, Shaka’s device is truly Amazing ~ Measures Wind Speeds to 90mph, Wind Direction + Current Temps ~ Automatically Plots Precise Results on Dynamic Maps Globally โญโญโญโญ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŒ€๐ŸŒ€๐ŸŒ€

January 25, 2015

๐ŸŒ€ Anemometer for iPhone, Shaka’s device is NOW Shipping ~ Accurately Measures Wind Speeds to 90mph ~ Current Temperature ~ Wind Direction ~ Automatically Plots Precise Results on Dynamic Maps globally with iPhone’s GPS capability. This plug-in device transforms your iPhone or iPad into a very accurate Wind Speed Anemometer; Another example of Independent Developers producing amazing tools, taking advantage of the iPhone’s Processing capability. As a Scientist by training, I’m “blown away” by this App+Device combination. (pardon the pun)

๐ŸŒ€ Shaka iPhone Anemometer, Wind Meter, plugs into your iPhone, iPad, or iPod headphone socket, and with the accompanying free Shaka App running, the iPhone records and displays wind-specific weather data, such as current and average wind speed, maximum wind gust, ambient temperature, and wind direction.

๐ŸŒ€ Historical Perspective. An Anemometer is a device for measuring wind speed, and is a common weather station instrument. The term is derived from the Greek word anemos, meaning wind, and is used to describe any airspeed measurement instrument used in meteorology or aerodynamics.

๐ŸŒ€ Leon Battista Alberti around 1450, credited as giving first known description of an anemometer. Anemometers can be divided into two classes: those that measure the wind’s speed, and those that measure the wind’s pressure; but as there is a close connection between the pressure and the speed, an anemometer designed for one will give information to calculate the other.

๐ŸŒ€ Itโ€™s been exactly 4 weeks from my last Shaka update. A quick overview of where Shaka stands with production and shipping. During the first half of June Shaka produced several test batches and found a few Imperfections that needed fixing before the full production runs. These were mostly related to the injection moulded parts like the casing and impeller (the rotating fan-like thingie) used. This took more time to tweak the production tools and re-cycle production than had been expected.

๐ŸŒ€ Shaka therefore is experiencing a two week delay with shipping the products out to, as compared to their initial plan. The latest plan for delivering the products: Shaka started shipping first products to their fulfillment-partners this week.

๐ŸŒ€ Shaka’s Fulfillment partner will be shipped out the iDevices on a first order first serve basis starting from next week, July 1st. Shipping of all the pre-orders from the warehouse will take in most cases approximately 1-2 weeks. Shipping to My Front Door will take another 2 to 7 days depending on location. I will get an email when my order has been shipped from the fulfillment house. Yeppee.

๐ŸŒ€ Shaka is an Estonian startup that has created a unique wind-meter accessory for iOS devices such as the iPhone or iPad. Due to start shipping in June, 2013, the battery-free Shaka Wind Meter plugs into an iPhone, or iPadโ€™s headphone socket.

๐ŸŒ€ Combine the Wind Meter with the existing onboard sensors of Appleโ€™s hardware and Shaka’s App, the device quickly measures, records and displays wind-specific weather data such as current and average wind speed, maximum wind gust, ambient temperature, and wind direction. All this Data is then submitted automatically to Shaka’s servers, where the Data is mapped to the exact location of the iPhone, using the GPS capability of the iPhone or iPad.

๐ŸŒ€ The deviceโ€™s inspiration and intended use scenario, was to enable people who take part in wind-related sports, such as wind-surfers and kite-surfers, serfers, and boating to find favorable or unfavorable wind conditions. โ€œForecasts are often inaccurate and the coverage with stationary and connected stations is not good enough,โ€ says Shaka co-founder Raigo Raamat. โ€œWe wanted to simplify the process of sharing actual wind conditions inside the community.โ€

๐ŸŒ€ Raigo Raamat and his two other co-founders, Jens Kasemets and Mihkel Gรผsson embarked on the project in 2011 they realised โ€œmany more communitiesโ€ could benefit from a device that enabled a smart phone or tablet to be transformed into a โ€œconnected weather stationโ€ for either private use or for contributing to and accessing real-time crowd-sourced weather data. These range from academia, agriculture, emergency services, golfing, boating, and motor sports. โ€œThe measured wind results for all these uses differ, but common to all, they need mmojre precise weather measurement and location input,โ€ says Raamat.

๐ŸŒ€ Shaka has ambitions beyond this wind-meter. Longer term, Shaka may graduate from the harware-focused accelerator HAXLR8R, plans to build what Raamatโ€™s calling a platform for the worldโ€™s smallest weather station. โ€œWeโ€™ll add barometric pressure and humidity sensors to achieve this goal. Eventually support will be delivered for Android devices,โ€ he says. The startupโ€™s ultimate target is expensive to formulate.

๐ŸŒ€ July 1st, 2013, the company is shipping this wind-meter, monetizing the hardware only. Shaka’s accompanying App is free. However, in the future the Shaka App will offer additional in-App Paid additional services. Shaka will be opening up the platform to partners who may want to develop other Apps on top of Shaka, that target various weather-related communities.




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