Review: Lapka Personal Environment Monitor

We’re already carrying enough sensors to report our locations, record videos on the go, and measure the inner workings of our bodies. So the next step seems only natural — tracking the quality of the environment around us, from the air we breathe to the food we eat.

That’s the idea behind the Lapka personal environment monitor, a $220 pack of sensor modules that plug into your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. The Lapka system is made up of four lead-free, water-resistant pods, each one containing sensors that measure different aspects of your environment: background radiation levels, electromagnetic field strength, humidity and the nitrate levels in organic matter. Simply plug one of the block-shaped sensor modules into your iPhone using the included cable, then fire up the Lapka app and begin scanning your environment.

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