Last monday at the EGU General Assembly I demontstrated that you can turn an umbrella in a raingauge by glueing a small microphone on the umbrellas canvas. The signal of the microphone is sent to my iPhone by a bluetooth headset (the kind often used by taxi-drivers).
Rutger (LinkedIn/twitter)developed a prototype iPhone app (in a day!) that takes the audio feed coming from the Bluetooth headset, calculates how much dB it is and plots it on a nice graph for me to use in my demo. You can even email the data to yourself if you want.
A journalist from the BBC visited me at my poster and interviewed me. He wrote a very nice article on my work, which you can read here.
This research is done as part of my (one day a week) job at Disdrometrics and is funded by the European Research project WeSenseIt.
I was skype-interviewed by the American TV channel WFAA News (part of ABC). I also found a french site (creapills.com),a site aimed at chinese people living in the Netherlands (gogodutch.com) and this Italian site. Two Brazilian websites (1 and 2) reported on it. I had a very entertaining interview with New Zealand National Radio program This Way Up, listen here. For a list of all dutch media reporting on it, see this dutch blog post that I wrote.
Testing on my balcony back home.
The yellow-white disk is a piezo sensor connected to the black Bluetooth headset.