“We find that when we’re in traffic, and we have the windows open the air quality goes down!”
Igor Mikhnenko commenting on their Indiegogo project Atmotube
With Global warming on the rise, Air pollution is becoming a global problem. Even more of problem is the lack of air quality monitoring, which can have adversely affect your health, especially of you suffer from asthma (Deer, 2015, August 29).
The Atmotube is the creation of creators Vera Kozyr and Igor Mikhnenko who wanted to raise awareness of air quality issues, not only among people living in polluted cities lies Beijing, china and Moscow Russia, but in the USA as well.
With five (5) day to go, their Indiegogo campaign has netted some 1,493 backers who have raised US$167,912, surpassing their goal of US$52,000 well ahead of the Sunday January 10th 2016 cutoff date. Most of the early bird offer have already been taken up and the Atmotube will ship by March 2016, just in time for Easter.
So what exactly is the Atmotube and how does it work?
Atmotube Air Quality Detector – Making decision about the air you breathe
The pocket-sized Air Quality Detector work by collecting a sample of air and is made of sturdy anodized titanium in the following colours:
It uses IR (Infrared spectroscopy) like the Consumer Physics US$199 SCiO Portable IR Spectrometer (Deer, 2014, May 16) to analyze the air sample to detect the presence of any of 127 volatile organic compounds including carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.
Once it calculate the concentration of the air particle inside, it then flashes blue if the concentration level if tolerable and safe for humans or flashes red if it detects unsafe or dangerous chemicals in the air.
You can then open the app for the Atmotube and look at the actual concentration of the contaminant in the air that you are breathing. This handheld device that Bluetooth pairs with your smartphone eliminate the need to carry around a larger device and other air quality tools.
Detecting air quality around the world – Raising awareness about Air Quality
But the most interesting thing about the Atmotube is that like US$199 SCiO Portable IR Spectrometer, the air quality detected by users around the world is uploaded to a database. This allows users of the app to access a map showing air quality and air pollution levels around the world!
This is also similar to Vaavud’s plant to create hyperlocal weather forecasts in 2016 (Deer, 2015, October 28) by polling data from several user of their popular portable anemometer launched back in 2013 (Deer, 2013, April 16) to help users predict the weather in their area.
Like these other products, the Atmotube creators wished to raise the awareness of air quality among its users. It also provides a means by which persons suffering from seasonal allergies and asthma (Deer, 2015, August 29) can find some relief by avoiding places and situations that have bad air quality.
I suspect too, the creators of the Atmotube Vera Kozyr and Igor Mikhnenko can make money from selling this data to weather forecasters, event planners and real estate agencies. Still, if the Atmotube were in Jamaica, it would make many thing twice about cutting down trees, as we need them for oxygen (Deer, 2015, October 5) as well as to maintain air quality.
Better yet, they can invest in a US$389 Dyson Pure Cool Air Purifier (Deer, 2015, October 16) and keep the air quality at the level that you want, thanks to the Atmotube. Too bad this cannot detect radioactivity (Deer, 2015, November 30) like the portable US$436 Radium Geiger-Muller Counter (Deer, 2015, February 28).
Alas, you can only cram so many sensors into one device. If air quality is that important to you, then you can join their Indiegogo campaign to get you very own pocket-sized Atmotube air quality detector!
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