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Researchers at the university of Michigan are extending USB’s Plug ‘n Play capability to the iPhone’s headphone jack.  This enables a new generation of sensing technology powered by mobile phones.

What does this mean?

Miniature EKG machines for village doctors.  Soil moisture sensors for village farmers. The peripherals for these devices cost almost nothing when the computation and power is provided by an iPhone via the headphone jack.

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