Lapka Beautifully Digitizes the Data Around You
Want to know if that apple you're about to bite into is really organic? Concerned about the amount of radiation in your workspace? Sounds like you need Lapka.
Lapka is a personal environmental monitor for iOS devices that is as smart as it is sleek. The Russian-designed Lapka system, which contains four analog sensors made partly of polished sapele wood, plugs directly into your iPhone or iPad.
The sensors are each responsible for monitoring a different aspect of your personal environment: background radiation, the density of electromagnetic fields, temperature and relative humidity and the relative concentration of nitrates in raw produce (which corresponds to fertilizer use).
"What's exciting about Lapka is that all of these devices have existed for a long time— Geiger counters, ways of reading electromagnetic fields. But we've finally reached a point where these tools can be beautiful and elegant and exciting and accessible," Gregory Fong, a representative of Lapka, told us.
But rather than encourage skepticism and paranoia (just how organic is that apple?), Fong says that Lapka promotes curiosity and excitement about the natural world.
The company accomplishes this by putting scientific tools into the hands of the average person. Sure, a scientist could use Lapka to measure the difference in radiation levels on a plane and on the ground, but parents can also use it to measure the humidity in their child's bedroom.
"Data is everywhere," said Fong. "We're drowning in it. It's more about how you use it and how you view it and how it makes you feel than what the actual data is, in a lot of ways."
Scientists, moms and anyone else with a curious mind can take Lapka home for $249.