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Air Quality Egg

Community monitoring network for air quality

By WickedDevice

Project URL: airqualityegg.com
Project Twitter: @AirQualityEgg

Organisation URL: http://shop.wickeddevice.com/product/air-quality-egg-v2-no2-co/

  • Community Engagement
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Data
  • Geolocation
  • Physical Computing

Air pollution is an invisible killer responsible for 7 million deaths every year, yet government statistics on air quality are often vague and do not give accurate readings at a local level. 

Air Quality Eggs are personal air sensors that measure humidity, temperature, nitrogen and carbon dioxide levels. They send the collected data to the cloud to be analysed and used to generate a crowdsourced map showing global air quality. The map is publicly available on the company’s website. The service also includes embeddable graphs, and an API that allows developers to incorporate the data in their own projects. 

The Air Quality Eggs give individuals the means to monitor the cleanliness of the air they breathe, right outside their own homes. Putting this information in the hands of the people it affects democratises the issue, allowing citizens to participate in conversations about pollution levels with hard data to back them up. 

The air monitors are the work of The Sensemakers, a group of hackers, makers and artists who met at Internet of Things (IoT) meetups in New York and Amsterdam. They saw air pollution as a danger that was not being properly addressed and identified the IoT as the perfect medium to do so. They raised over 144,000 USD through Kickstarter to develop the Air Quality Egg device. 2,500 of the monitors have been delivered and there are currently 1,176 active eggs on the network. The Air Quality Egg is one of the few commercially available working pollution monitors. 

You can buy an Air Quality Egg from their website airqualityegg.com to become part of a global network of concerned citizens monitoring air quality at a local level.

Image 'butterfly and sky' courtesy of Diego Sevilla Ruiz.

Last updated: 11th of October, 2015

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