We reported on the AirBeam wearable pollution monitor last June in Citizen Science – More on grassroots monitoring of air pollution and on the companion open source AirCasting application just a few days ago in DIY Particulate Matter monitoring with the AirCasting application.
Great news! The nonprofit building the Airbeam has launched a Kickstarter project to fund mass production and lower costs, and is selling them to supporters for under $200. I just ordered one.
Based on the chart below, these appear to be relatively accurate monitors.
While personal devices won’t replace more rigorous laboratory monitoring like Global Community Monitor has done for the Diesel Health Project in the KC area, they are a great platform for empowering a community, conducting citizen science, sharing air quality data, STEM education, and more!
Check out their video below, and their Kickstarter page.