Foobot Air Quality Sensor Uses Amazon Echo Telling You That Your Air Is Dirty

Posted: Jun 22 2016, 3:11am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 22 2016, 3:17am CDT, in News | Technology News

 
Foobot Air Quality Sensor Uses Amazon Echo Telling You That Your Air is Dirty
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This is not a Kickstarter. Foobot is ready to ship for $199 from Amazon.

The Foobot, developed by Luxembourg based Airboxlab, monitors the air quality in your home. With connectivity to the Nest thermostat the Foobot automatically can control ventilation and make sure the air your breathe has the best quality.

The Foobot uses internal sensors to check for pollution in the form of chemicals and particles, which are up to eight times more common indoors as a result of confinement. When any of these pollutants exceed healthy levels, it can now relay this information back and forth with Amazon Echo, Google Nest and IFTTT.

Foobot can talk via Echo and alert about air quality and suggest solutions, while Nest and IFTTT can directly switch on devices like air vents, filters, and purifiers that fix the problem.

The Foobot device originally launched late 2015 as the “Good Air Guru.” It monitors the air in real-time so it can give actionable alerts and tips to its user whenever there’s a problem, via its companion app and the LEDs on the device itself. The device is sensitive to:

  • - PM2.5s, Particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers, like dust, pollen and pet dander.
  • - VOCs, Volatile organic compounds, toxic gases like formaldehyde and ammonia.
  • - Carbon monoxide, a potentially dangerous gas.
  • - Carbon dioxide, Exhaled naturally from humans. Not itself harmful, but indicative of poor circulation.
  • - Humidity, Low humidity can cause irritation. Excessive humidity let mold and dust mites grow.
  • - Temperature, Mostly for comfort, but still important to optimize.

Air quality control is especially useful for people suffering from an allergy, but anyone can benefit from breathing clean air. Foobot retails on Amazon.com for $199 and is also available direct on foobot.io.

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