Hot Enough For You? Get the Best Weather Accessories for Smartphones

Published On May 28, 2013 | Mobile

As we enter the warmer summer months, have you ever wanted a truly accurate thermometer and weather gadget for your smartphone?

If you already use basic weather apps on your mobile device like Yahoo! Weather or the Google weather reader, you might have noticed that the temperature and other weather readings they deliver often feel inaccurate. During the day, it might be warmer where you are and at night it may be colder than your weather app reports.

That’s because those apps aren’t actual thermometers. Instead they are taking their information from weather stations that could be miles away from your current location or may also be delayed in reaching your smartphone.

Top Weather Smartphone Apps and Accessories

Danish startup Robocat has created an innovative smartphone weather app called Thermodo, a tiny hardware thermometer that installs directly into your smartphone’s headphone jack. Once the device is installed, Thermodo instantly transmits the actual temperature right where you are, whether you are inside or outside and whether your phone is online or offline.

The Thermodo gadget is just a little bit bigger than a standard audio jack and extends about a quarter inch out from your device. It sells for $19.

Another cool new temperature accessory for smartphones is the IR-Blue, a thermal imaging camera that detects the temperatures of things around you. The product was invented by Andy Rawson, who lives in a 100-year old house and was constantly trying to figure out where cracks or leaks in his home were coming from during cold winters. The gadget is a handy way to spot temperature differences around you.

IR-Blue uses a 64-zone non-contact infrared sensor array to detect the temperature of what you are pointing your device at. It attaches to the back of your iPhone or Android phone. If you hold it out like a camera, the device can detect the temperature of spots in front of you. Warmer spots are highlighted in red while colder areas appear in blue.

The device is similar to devices used by heating and air conditioning workers to detect temperature from a distance and see whether a vent is blowing cool or warm air. It retails for $195.

Another great temperature accessory for smartphones is the Netatmo NWS01-WW Personal Smartphone Weather Station, which is made for the iPhone weather station but is also compatible with Android 4.0 or higher devices. The product monitors and measures temperature, humidity, CO2 pressure, air quality and more.

The Netatmo gives users real-time advice and future weather reports to track on their smartphone or mobile device. The product debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show this year and was an Innovations Design and Engineering Award Honoree. The device goes for $179.

Do you have a favorite smartphone weather app or accessory?

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