What The iPhone Needs; A Real Thermometer
October 7, 2009 by Ryan Ray
Welcome to another post in the ongoing series, “What The iPhone Needs!” Created simply to give me a place to go on a rant at anytime when I think of something perhaps a little too obscure to be a reality for the iPhone. Even if not feasible, it’s always nice to dream. Obviously as Fall is upon us the temperature of each day keeps dipping and dipping. As I walked to class today in the coldest morning of the Fall yet, I wanted to be able to take the temperature with my iPhone. Fall is my favorite season, closely rivaled by spring. I just to love to be able to layer clothing and wear long sleeves, hoodies, scarves, etc… I guess it’s kind of my thing.
Needless to say what would it be like to have a thermometer on the iPhone? We have other things on the iPhone like a stinking compass… seriously! Although I do use the compass for photography and the compass makes a little more sense since it works well together with all of the map applications, why can’t we have a thermometer? Here is a novel idea… Imagine this as a press release.
Today, Apple has reinvented the fast food/health inspection industry. With a 3rd party accessorie made by the FDA you can now test the temperature of the food in every restaurant you’ve ever inspected with the FDA’s new health inspector app. Simply take your government issued iPhone and download the app and tell it what state you are inspecting in or let it find your location automatically. From there the app loads all of the specifications for that state among other things. The main feature of the app works with our 3rd party accessorie issued by your states health department. It plugs into the bottom of the iPhone and at the other end is a metal prong that simply extends the iPhone’s built in thermometer functions. Test the temperature of the meat and more with this new accessorie. When the temp is set you simply leave it at that. A report is automatically put together along with other info you input, and uploaded to the states database. This automatically notifies the health department if further action is needed, either to award the restaurant or shut it down until quality improves. The database further pushes the data to other health related websites and updates their certificates and posts their scores so you the consumer can see which food joints rate the highest in your area.
There is also an app for the food enthusiasts out there, that puts all of this information automatically at your hands. Using GPS the app will find the restaurants around you and shows you the highest rated. Thanks to Apple and their iPhone, this is all made possible.
That was just one scenario I imagined coming from this functionality. Imagine Apple reinventing the food inspection industry! Anything is really possible with the iPhone. But what if it had a built in thermometer? What uses can you imagine for it? Leave me a comment and let me know your genius idea, or just let me know that a thermometer is an idiot idea. As always thanks for reading, happy hump day to everyone.
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