Air quality index information is widely available for cities on a daily basis, but so far there's been no collective breakdown of that information in real time or for specific neighborhoods. Traffic jams and wind conditions can make air quality vary considerably from one side of town to another. To give people more accurate information, Sensaris has designed a wearable air quality sensor called the City Senspod that will enable you to know the air quality for the very spot you're standing in at that very second.
Their GPS-equipped sensor gives you real-time air quality information including CO2 and ozone levels for wherever you are and then uses Bluetooth technology to transmit that information to a publicly available database where it's mapped along with data from other sensors for the world to see.
The device will be distributed in Paris for a trial run, but Sensaris hopes to bring the sensor to other cities and towns soon. It will be interesting to see if people are willing to wear such a thing on their arm or if it ends up latched onto backpacks and purses instead.
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