Science meets Portlandia with Lapka Electronics’ new iPhone sensors that measure, of all things, environmental radiation. To discover just how organic your food is, or just how safe your home’s radiation levels are (seriously), plug in the sensors via the headphone jack to see easy-to-read measurements on your phone’s screen. The sensors aren’t all business, though: each has a unique design and is made of grainy wood and ivory plastic. Creative director Vadik Marmeladov describes the sensors as “based on Apple’s philosophy and mood.” The final product (these sensors are still prototypes) should be released in December at $220. In the future, look for Lapka’s other iPhone-friendly utilities like allergen sensors and fitness trackers.

Janet

Janet is a senior at Kenyon College studying English with a Creative Writing emphasis. She has a particular affinity for American literature, and enjoys discovering the narrative(s) behind a piece of art. GBlog is her blogging debut, and she is grateful for newfound exposure to objects such as the “Bug Light.” (She favors the stately praying mantis.)