Very soon a small little robot might be breathing for you to identify if the air in your surrounding is safe enough for you to inhale.
To be precise Carnegie Mellon University, a US-based global research university is developing a product that could do something similar.
Carnegie Mellon's CREATE Lab has initiated a new project where anyone spending about $99 (Dh364) would be able to buy a device that can monitor pollutants in the air.
Named as AirBot, the particle counting device monitors pollutants that can contribute to common pollution related illnesses such as asthma.
The device is expected to go a long way in providing personal solution to problems related to pollution. The device will not just be of use for asthma patients but for those living in and around very polluted environment and urban areas of developing countries.
It is believed that pollution affects over a billion people around the world. The World Health Organisation estimates that 25 per cent of all deaths in the developing world are directly attributable to environmental factors.
According to Create Lab, the device is a low-cost, wearable particulate monitor (PM) currently under development as a tool for citizen science and personal exposure tracking.
“Measuring airborne particulates can identify the greatest public health hazards related to air quality. Through community-generated advocacy maps and data visualization, this device will enable communities and individuals to better understand and quantify the quality of the air they breathe,” it said in a brief description of the product.
According to those working on the project it is very important for the device to be of light weight, ultra portable, and really simple to get the data off of it.
“This will allow us to make a tonne of them, have citizen scientists learn more about their own air quality,” said a blog updates of one of those involved in the project.
While the initial task was to create the sensor it had to be followed up with creating a device that could transmit the finding. The box type prototype which was later designed has a fan, and after some signal processing, the device was able to send out decent signal out of it. The new prototype has a 128x64 GLCD, temperature, humidity and sound sensor. Bluetooth and a rechargeable battery.
The product is expected to be ready by next year, following which it might go into mass production.
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