With unprecedented wildfires, scorching temperatures, and widespread drought, the U.S. is swimming in air pollution this season. Even if you don’t live within eye-shot of LA’s smog ring or Denver’s brown cloud, these variables spell disaster for air quality, which can be a real health hazard for the very young, very old, and those with existing respiratory problems.
If you’re less than confident in the Weather Channel’s daily assessment of outdoor air quality, or are curious to know if your indoor air is as polluted as some claim, the Netatmo personal weather station and air quality monitor might be the gadget combo for you.
Described by its designers as a ‘personal urban weather station’ the Netatmo device collaborates with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to monitor indoor and outdoor conditions including temperature, humidity, noise pollution, air pressure and CO2 levels.
Air quality sensors are integrated directly into the Netatmo modules. When connected to your mobile device via USB cord, it provides real time feedback on any contamination that may be lurking in your immediate vicinity. With a measurement of CO2 concentrations and an air confinement evaluation, the device can warn users when CO2 levels reach an excessive point, advising them to ventilate their interior space, reports DesignBoom. The system’s integrated urban weather program also helps create a weather data monitoring network for meteorologists, environmental activists, and scientists looking to gain a better understanding of their city climate landscape.
According to the company, all of your data is stored online so it’s permanently accessible, and results can be shared instantly on your favorite social network. Available for $179.
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