The Tzoa Tracker is a multi-purpose wearable that monitors air quality, UV exposure and more to give users real-time information about how the atmosphere is affecting their health. (via Tzoa)
If you’ve ever wondered if the air you’re breathing might be harmful to your health, now you can test your air quality with the Tzoa tracker. The tiny wearable gauges air quality real-time, humidity, atmospheric pressure and light/UV ray exposure to help you be the healthiest you can be.
The Tzoa tracker is the brainchild of Kevin Hart (no, not the comedian). While working with hazardous waste, he wondered how dangerous the air surrounding him was. Despite having a respirator, Hart just wanted to know which substances he was being exposed to, so he made a device that could do just that.
The sensor works by assessing air particles in the atmosphere. It houses a tiny fan that pushes air particles towards a laser-based system that can detect the type of debris in the air by counting the number of particles. The unit can detect small particles, such as harmful PM2.5 particles, which are known to attach to the walls of the lungs. It can also detect larger debris, such as PM10 particles (i.e.: pollen and other airborne allergens).
The wearable owned its Indiegogo campaign with over $85,000 in funding. All of the early bird specials have been purchased, but Tzoa has retail-priced sensors available and also offers a larger, more advanced device for research purposes. All devices track air quality both indoors and outdoors and have big implications for future air pollution management.
Tzoa Research Edition, the PCB. Wires draped across the board? Is that necessary? (image: Indiegogo)
Imagine what could happen if people had access to an affordable air quality tester. For small industrial communities, the Tzoa tracker could provide the evidence necessary to pressure a large company into using more eco-friendly practices. It can also aid first-responders with a particle assay that works in real-time. The first wave of shipping will take place in April 2016.
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