A new line of modular phone cases includes a 4-in-1 "EnviroSensor" that measures air quality, which can help you avoid prolonged exposure to unhealthy environments.
Over the last few years, a fair number of air quality sensors, both personal and residential versions, have hit the market, but they're nowhere near as ubiquitous as smartphones, so perhaps a smartphone case with an integrated environmental sensor suite can help increase their adoption. A Silicon Valley startup, i-BLADES, thinks so, and has built its modular smartphone cases with that in mind.
According to the company (based on information from the World Health Organization and the EPA), it might be better for people to track the air quality around them instead of focusing on their fitness trackers, as some 92% of the world's population lives in places where the air pollution exceeds the levels considered to be 'healthy', and even indoor air quality can be worse than outside air quality. In fact, in some places, the high levels of air pollution can outweigh the benefits of cycling or walking, so monitoring the air quality and adjusting our activity levels accordingly can be an effective way of minimizing exposure to air pollutants.
Built into each i-BLADES Smartcase is an "EnviroSensor" that uses a Bosch BME 680 chemical gas sensor as its 'nose' and allows for "fast and accurate" measuring of levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), temperature, humidity, and air pressure, which are displayed through an accompanying app. The app displays an easy-to-read color-coded dial showing changes in air quality, as well as the temp, humidity, and pressure, in real-time.
Currently only available for Samsung Galaxy and Note devices, the i-BLADES polycarbonate cases offer "all-round protection up to Military Spec 810G" for the devices, and the Smartcase line allows for the easy adding of extra battery capacity, more memory, virtual reality capabilities, and more, through a universal magnetic attachment system.
Learn more at i-BLADES.