I wanted something to play with over the winter months. So I decided to purchase this little device from Texas Instruments, at $25 including shipping it’s a steal.

It connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth 4 and offers a wide range of sensors (see below)

I plan to use this over the winter months to monitor the temperature and humidity of my beehives and to see how covering hive affects conditions inside.

It’s gonna be a great new world when button-sized weatherproof sensors are priced around five dollars a pop and you can grab relative data while walking around the hives. Maybe I’ll be able to monitor for Giant Hornet Attacks and send an SMS to my phone. The gyroscope sensor could monitor to see if someone or something is pestering the bees.

A carbon dioxide, oxygen sensor would be nice too. But at $25 I really couldn’t ask for more.