Aspiring Teen Engineer May be on to Something with DIY Digital Bong Hit Measurement Device
Here at Disorderly Conduction, we know a thing or two about stoner ingenuity.
No, we didn’t invent the e-nail, we just made it so much better than the rest that everyone else continues to drop like flies while our reputation for the highest quality products and service only gets stronger.
When we were 18 years old, the dream of dominating the e-nail game hadn’t even entered our minds. Hell, making pipes out of apples, heating up butter knives on a stovetop, or creating a gravity bong was about as far as we took our cannabis-fueled creativity back then.
But that creative drive undoubtedly led, eventually, to Disorderly Conduction and the PeliNail.
So when we saw this story about a young man who was splitting his time between delivering pizzas and attaching wires to bongs, well let’s just say it hit us right in the feels.
Bradley Moore is an 18-year-old dude with a passion for pizza, pot, and good ol’ fashioned science.
While taking tokes one day from his favorite bong, Bradley formed a hypothesis that different strains of cannabis, or maybe even different growing conditions (indoor, outdoor, etc) could produce thicker, more dense smoke than others.
Everyone probably laughed. Bradley calculated. He coded. He configured.
When he was done, Bradley Moore had invented a photosensitive light measuring device that can deliver hyper accurate readouts about how thick of a plume of smoke is passing through a bong.
For less than $200 bucks (including the bong, lol) Bradley acquired all the necessary technology to put his half-baked theory to the test.
Using an Arduino Uno, a small and simplified computer that essentially just measures and records repetitive tasks, Bradley synced a photo resistor on one side of the tube of his bong with a repeating light placed on the opposite side of the clear tube.
Then, by comparing measurements taken of the light flashing through an empty tube versus light trying to flash through a smoke filled tube, Bradley’s device can tell the researcher just how dense that smoke is.
He told Vice News, “I thought back to the AP Chemistry course I took my junior year of high school. We used machines to figure out the concentration of different substances with spectroscopy. It’s almost the same idea.”
His device might look like a bit of a meme, and the validity of the data might be questionable, but the young man is applying real lab-grade science to his daily sesh and we really dig that.
New cannabis consumers in the very near future will be looking for precise ways to dose the effects of a plant that for thousands of years has resisted such uniformity.
There is a real possibility that tech like Bradley’s could one day soon be used to deliver an expertly dosed bongload or pipe hit based on the amount of smoke being transferred and even, eventually, what sort of cannabinoids are in that exact hit.
Innovation is very rarely a one step process, but, you’ve got to take that first step to start the journey.
Bradley Moore is on his way (with a large pepperoni and an order of breadsticks!)