It’s easy enough to check the ingredients on the foods that we buy, but how do we know what’s in the air that we breathe?
Don’t worry, there are air-quality-monitoring devices, but they’re mostly designed to sit in one place. Silicon Valley-based Sprimo Labs figured out practical and portable alternative in the form of its Sprimo Personal Air Monitor. The tiny gadget simply plugs into an iPhone’s Lightning port.
This phone attachment measures air quality. It’s the size of keychain and when plugged into your phone, it measures the volatile organic compounds in the air.
The Sprimo doesn’t require batteries, nor does it even need to be turned on. Once it’s plugged into the phone and the accompanying app is launched, it just starts measuring the temperature, humidity and quality of the surrounding air.
So you can see what you are ingesting in real time. Humidity and air quality are reflected. Using a color and number scale on an accompanying app.
You can even enter your results on an interactive map for others close by to see. On average, Humans ingest 4x more air than food. Sprimo aims to let you know when it’s best to take a breath.
Of course, what users do next is up to them. They could just leave the area or set about removing the source of the VOCs.
The device is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, where a pledge of US$20 will get you one – assuming it reaches production, that is. The planned retail price is $40. And yes, an Android version is also on its way.