Sprimo Labs has developed a portable device, called a Personal Air Monitor – the tiny gadget that plugs into an iPhone’s Lightning port and checks the air quality. It doesn’t require batteries and it doesn’t need to be turned on. Once it’s plugged into the phone and the accompanying app is launched, it just starts measuring the temperature, humidity and quality of the surrounding air. The quality reading is based on the levels of volatile organic compounds in the air, and is expressed on the screen as a numerical and color value.
They could just leave the area, or remove the source of the volatile organic compounds, if applicable – things like toxic carpeting and cigarette smoke can be removed from an indoor setting. The app allows users to become part of a Sprimo community, in which air quality readings from multiple users in multiple locations are displayed on a city map.
The device is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign and is already funded with 26 days still remaining. Watch the video below to see it in action.