06 Feb '13, 5pm

App Uses Your Android Phone to Give Scientists Weather Data

App Uses Your Android Phone to Give Scientists Weather Data

We've often talked about how much scientists covet your cell phone as a tool for gathering data. Crowdsourcing information through millions of cell phones equipped with sensors is a brilliant way to get information that would otherwise be inaccessible or expensive to collect. The possibilities of such data collection are practically endless, but one app is making it happen to provide better weather predictions. PressureNet is an Android-powered app that measures atmospheric pressure, and provides those measurements to scientists who in turn use it to better understand what is going on with the weather. MIT Technology Review writes, "Atmospheric pressure sensors are unique to Android, though not all Android phones have them. Google added the ability to measure pressure to its operating system because the data can help improve location finding. While PressureNet isn’t the on...

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