The good air guru
Foobot is an indoor air quality monitor that can help users understand how various factors impact the breathability of the air within their homes.
Inside the Wi-Fi connected device are a number of sensors that measure carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, particulate matter, temperature and humidity. Put those all together and you’ve got a pretty comprehensive picture of the pollutants and others forces that combine to affect various respiratory conditions and overall health—from pollen allergies and asthma to chemical sensitivities and, in the case of carbon monoxide, potentially deadly exposure to gases.
Understanding day-to-day or moment-to-moment air quality is as easy as recognizing the colors blue (good) and orange (bad). Foobot glows gently with these colors, which also fill the background of the mobile app.
But more than providing simple alerts, Foobot wants to learn about your habits and the conditions in your home so it can help you understand why changes in air quality happen. Whenever the device detects a big swing in the readings from one of its sensors, you can “tag” the data by choosing from a list of activities that can affect the various air quality metrics, like using cleaning supplies or cosmetics (VOCs), cooking (particulates), or having a bunch of guests over (carbon dioxide). Over time, Foobot will be able to pick out frequent correlations and provide individualized advice on how a change in your habits might clear the air.
Foobot has gone through several rebrands, from AirBoxLab to Alima to its current iteration, and the final design owes a lot to beta-testing feedback gathered after a successful Indiegogo campaign in February 2014. Foobot began shipping earlier this year.
View the device and its setup process in the video below.