Earlier this month, we reported on a very promising personal air quality monitor in Buy a portable Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM 2.5) AirBeam monitor for under $200, and this author put his money where is mouth is, and ordered one.
Now, another personal device has been announced. This appears to be at an earlier stage of development than the AirBeam, and initially targeted at China. However, with a University of California at Berkeley birthplace and a target price point of $50-$75, is promising.
Regardless of which of the many devices on the market (e.g., Air Quality Egg) or in development turns out to be the market leader, one thing is clear – air quality monitoring will soon be within the reach of millions of households.
While these devices will not supplant professionally calibrated monitors and sophisticated lab analyses any time soon, they are game changers. No longer will air quality information be the exclusive purview of Federal and State agencies and others with deep pockets. Communities will become increasingly empowered to monitor the safety of the air they breathe, and raise the alarm when they find dangerous conditions.
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Source: Wired Magazine