Recent pollution catastrophes like the smog bomb that hit Beijing months ago and the haze that descended upon Singapore this month have raised everyone's awareness about air quality. But despite all the smartphones and "quantified self" health trackers on the market, there remains a dearth of devices that address our new air quality concerns.
Responding to this gap in the tech space, Paris-based AirBoxLab has unveiled a sensor device that has the ability to give you detailed information about the air quality in your home via your smartphone. The device contains six sensors that track the presence of carbon dioxide, particulate matter, and volatile organic compounds such as formaldehydes, benzene, ethylene glycol, and acetone. Readings for those measurements are represented on a connected smartphone app as slick data visualizations.
Designed to look like a piece of modern art that could blend in with most living rooms, the device also measures the room's temperature and humidity. Slated to retail for $220, the AirBoxLab is scheduled to ship to buyers in September.
In the meantime, you can see the device in action in the video below.