Here’s a great example of a company using existing networks to generate value. A team of app developers and weather experts discovered a way to use the temperature sensors built into smartphone batteries to crowdsource weather information. Tiny thermometers usually prevent smartphones from dangerously overheating, but the researchers discovered the battery temperatures tell a story about the environment around them. Collected data feeds into the platform, providing up to the minute, localized weather data that is surely more accurate than your favorite local weatherman’s report.
- Crowdsourcing Weather Using Smartphone Batteries (eurasiareview.com)
- WeatherSignal crowdsources weather data gathering using smartphone sensors (androidcommunity.com)
- Crowdsourcing weather using smartphone batteries (eurekalert.org)
- Crowdsourcing the Weather: Smartphone Batteries Reveal Temperature Information (scienceworldreport.com)
- How the weather forecast is being crowdsourced from phone batteries (wired.co.uk)
- Scientists Use Phone Data To Crowdsource Temperatures (scooprocket.com)