Atmotube Is A Tiny Air pollution Sensor That Clears Up What’s In The Air You Breathe
Moveable air high quality tracker Atmotube goals to be the Waze for air high quality monitoring in your metropolis. The system is a tiny tube which you could carry round in your pocket or placed on a key chain to watch the air in your surroundings.
Atmotube hyperlinks to a smartphone app that tells you if the air you’re respiration is poisonous to your well being. It measures various risky natural compounds (VOC’s), carbon monoxide, and even cleansing brokers or allergens which may have an effect on your lungs.
Others have tried to create comparable units. The College of California San Diego constructed a check fleet of air high quality sensors that hooked as much as a smartphone a couple of years again referred to as CitiSense. Intel constructed a tool in 2010 for its Widespread Sense Challenge, which examined the air in West Oakland.
Each have been simply idea tasks. Atmotube is a tool at present being manufactured for shoppers.
— Vera Kozyr
The app will present a quantity from zero to one hundred (zero which means you’re lifeless from poisonous poisons, one hundred which means the freshest of air) and a map of air high quality in your metropolis from different locations the place the Atmotube has picked up and logged what’s happening within the setting.
Atmotube continuously measures air high quality and updates in actual-time. Ought to the gadget sense air high quality getting under a sure level, it should ship an alert to your smartphone. The button on the tube can set to everytime you take a measurement or to “steady mode” to take a measurement each 10 seconds.
The battery life can also be value mentioning. It can last as long as one month on a single cost in the event you set Atmotube to take measurements each 60 seconds. Fewer measurements means an extended cost, in line with Atmotube.
So how does it work? Co-founder Vera Kozyr examined the air high quality for me within the TechCrunch studios. We clocked in round 60-70, relying on the place we have been within the room. Not dangerous, however not nice both, in response to Kozyr.
“You’ll ultimately want to go away the room or crack a window otherwise you’ll get a headache,” she advised me later.
She additionally pulled up a map of air high quality in San Francisco. The Soma neighborhood appeared to be okay, as have been most elements of the town, however North Seashore was pink scorching with air air pollution, in response to the Atmotube app.
The system is definitely a aspect enterprise out of Russian IoT hardware manufacturing firm NotAnotherOne, the place Kozyr is credited for inventing the Yotaphone, a twin-display smartphone utilized in Europe.
Kozyr and her co-founder Igor Mikhnenko, who works on UX design and helped design the Yotaphone at NotAnotherOne, stated they created Atmotube as a result of it was time they acquired to make one thing for themselves as an alternative.
Kozyr advised me it was robust to seek out the proper exterior shell for Atmotube as a result of a variety of what’s produced from 3D printers or manufactured in China would set off the sensors for poisonous supplies. The 2 founders went to China to seek out the proper elements producer for Atmotube and stated the air was so dangerous there it by no means obtained above 50 on the sensor all the time.
“The air was truly higher contained in the manufacturing unit, not outdoors,” Kozyr later informed me off-digital camera. “That’s uncommon as a result of air high quality is often higher outdoor nevertheless it was higher indoors the entire time we have been in Shenzhen. That ought to inform you one thing about air high quality there.”
The tube casing for Atmotube is contructed of chrome steel so it doesn’t set off any alarms.
“Each day, we unconsciously take greater than 20,000 thousand breaths and don’t even take into consideration most of them. Until we’ve an issue, we don’t take into consideration what we’re inhaling both, and the way what’s within the air may have an effect on our our bodies,” Kozyr stated. “Over time, publicity to carbon monoxide and risky natural compounds has been linked to an elevated danger of coronary heart illness, stroke, liver and mind injury, and even most cancers. As our air will get worse, extra individuals get bronchial asthma or COPD –particularly youngsters and the aged. Most individuals don’t discover out they’ve been uncovered to poisonous air till it’s too late, so we determined to create a fantastic and useful object that may seamlessly turn out to be a part of your life, alerting you to potential hazard within the air.”
Atmotube is now up on Indiegogo, beginning at $seventy nine. Take a look at the video above to see the way it works and to seek out out extra.