The current generation of smartphones are bristling with sensors.  The current iPhone 5 for instance has:

  • 2 cameras
  • 2 mics
  • GPS
  • Compass
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Gyroscope

Should the City create the dotNYC companion app we envisioned, these sensors can be put to good use.  To get pictures of potholes, measure ambient noise, track commuting times,  etc.

And as smartphones get more sophisticated, sensing capabilities can get even more sophisticated.  Old smartphones can even be repurposed as sensors.