Monday, August 26, 2013

Real-time Personal Air Pollution Monitor

Also discussed here: (7 min video)  

And here: My Air, My Health Challenge(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Health and Human Service)

Today we review a report on an air quality monitor that can be worn around the neck, showing the state of air pollution which the wearer is exposed to during a day, taking into account breathing frequency and relative pollutant concentration, shown on a real-time electronic display- all for a cost estimated at around $150. The invention recently won top prize from the “My Air, My Health Challenge“, conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Health and Human Service.

Aq sensor  

Key Quotes:

“Integrating sensors for multiple airborne pollutants with sensors for heart rate, breathing rate, and physical activity into fitness clothing for athletes”

“ an integrated device that combines data on air quality with information about your breathing to calculate what particulates you’re taking in”

“Dockterman hopes it will have a price tag similar to the Nike+FuelBand", which goes for about $150.”

“Key to the device is a stretchy band called a "groove strip" that goes around the chest. One side is made of nylon and lycra; the other is a knitted silver "matrix." The device can tell how deeply you’re breathing in and out based on the tautness of the band. The system combines this information with data from an air sensor, which sends a reading via "Bluetooth" to a mobile device
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