“Laser Egg” for under $80 drives citizen science air monitoring in China


Citizen Science air monitoring is taking off in China, fueled by the Laser Egg, which is designed for measuring PM 2.5 indoor air pollution, and is integrated with an iphone app and a web-based air quality map.  

The manufacturer plans on selling the Laser Egg worldwide in the near future.  As far as I can tell, the EPA Air Sensor Toolbox for Citizen Scientists hasn’t yet tested one, but no doubt they will if it is released in the U.S. 

For more information, check out today’s Los Angeles Times article on the Laser Egg, an excellent blog post, and other resources linked below.

Beijing’s new favorite gadget reads pollution levels, Los Angeles Times

Checking Your Indoor PM2.5, Cheaply, With The Laser Egg, My Health Beijing (an excellent blog)

China’s Biggest Polluters Face Wrath of Data-Wielding Citizens, Bloomberg Business News

Laser Egg  – take charge of your environment, Origins

Laser Egg air quality monitor to give indoor pollution readings for Chinese market, South China Morning Post