Air Quality Egg collects and maps real-time air pollution data
Another successful Kickstarter project that has the potential to make huge waves in the clean tech community is the Air Quality Egg. After exceeding their funding goal by $100,000 back in April, Sensemakers, the team behind the device, has been working on developing the compact sensor system that gathers very high resolution readings of NO2 and CO concentrations from wherever it's placed.
As the Sensemaker team says, those two gases "are the most indicative elements related to urban air pollution that are sense-able by inexpensive, DIY sensors." What's great about the Air Quality Egg is that it can be used by anyone to get readings right where they are, as opposed to relying on federal data which is collected on a regional level and not very informative for someone wondering what it's like outside their home.
The device consists of a sensing system that gets plugged into the wall outside your home and communicates wirelessly to the egg-shaped base station inside, which transmits the data to the internet. The egg also contains the user buttons and lights.
The Air Quality Egg project does more than just give localized data though. Users can register their egg at airqualityegg.com and their data is automatically mapped, creating a real-time source for local, regional and even global air quality.
The makers are very focused on taking advantage of the Internet of Things with this project. The data is not just community-sourced and presented, but as the website states "the air quality data will be sent in real-time to Pachube, an open data service, which both stores and provides free access to the data. The service includes embeddable graphs and the ability to generate triggers for tweets and SMS alerts (it looks something like this), as well as a robust API which allows for developers in the community to unlock the potential of this new dataset by building mashups, maps, and applications."
You can hear more about the ideas behind the Air Quality Egg in the video below.