Don’t you just love the weathervane? There is something old school about it, not to mention it adds plenty of character to that particular building. Well, the Vaavud is something that we have talked about before in the past, where it has managed to raised up the relevant amount of money from the well trodden path known as Kickstarter, alongside a bunch of angel investors who have placed $375,000 into the company to boot. Vaavud would rely on a smartphone, an app, as well as a rather low-tech meter that is comprised of a couple of pieces of plastic in order to measure various details such as wind speed, direction, and others simply by keeping track on the direction of the wind.
The meter itself will fit within the 3.5mm earphone jack on a smartphone, where sound from the wind is picked thanks to the earphone jack. This audio will then be converted into a windspeed measurement via the app. The app itself will go about analyzing and collecting the data, providing Vaavud readings from the wind around the world. The company right now receives 4,000 new measurements every single week, which has proven to be quite a feat, especially when you take into consideration that it relies on consumers who are purchasing the meter for $50 each. The Vaavud meter will play nice with the iPhone 4 or newer, while supporting the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Nexus 5 and the HTC One.