Startup launches smart air quality monitor on Indiegogo

AirVisual Node

Pollution is a big problem in China and elsewhere. Local company, called AirVisual, is looking to tackle this challenge with a portable, mobile-connected air quality monitor that provides air quality tools and information.

The device provides immediate particulate matter (PM) and carbon dioxide (CO2) levels on its 5″ screen and via smartphone. Also, it displays information on air quality forecasts, outdoor air quality insights and phone alerts. Additionally, each Node will contribute to an existing network of 8,000 monitors that are analyzed by AirVisual’s deep machine learning technology to track pollution sources and trends while improving forecasting tools. In other words, that sounds similar to what Aclima (together with Google) is doing.

Each Node will contribute to an existing network of 8,000 monitors that are analyzed by AirVisual’s deep machine learning technology.“We have always accepted the quality of the air around us without question, even though 1 out of 3 Americans are at risk of suffering from air pollution’s health effects.” Kelsey Duska, AirVisual Project Lead, said in a statement. “This is partly because we’ve lacked the tools to control what we breathe — until now. With the AirVisual Node, we can instantly see invisible threats around us, which is a critical first step to breathing healthier air.”

Each AirVisual Node comes with a high precision laser to count particles in the air, which is then processed to calibrate for external factors such as temperature, humidity and outliers. The device (and the companion app) also offers easy-to-grasp graphs that convert air quality data into actionable insight to help users understand when and why they are breathing unhealthy air.

“By adding the AirVisual Node to our set of tools that include our global air quality map and three-day forecasts, we have localized the air quality challenge down to the individual, bringing a seemingly daunting task to something as manageable as a single room,” Duska added.

The AirVisual Node is now available for purchase on Indiegogo. Within the first 48 hours, the campaign has already successfully reached its relatively modest goal of raising $10,000. A single unit is now available for $149, and deliveries are slated for April.