People have a desire to control things, and that includes those areas where doing so is less than optimal. For example, you can’t control whether electricity is going to be flowing into your house or not, but you CAN add an uninterruptible power supply or generator to keep the electricity flowing should there be a power failure. But what about the air we breathe? That’s about as vital as there is because there’s no way you can do without it. Before the Foobot Indoor Air Quality Monitor came along, you were at the mercy of breathing in whatever was coming at your nostrils wherever you might be. But now there’s a chance to make some changes which could result in better health.
The Foobot looks like a free standing vertical cylinder. Inside the plastic shell are sensors designed to sample the air (with all that entails), read the temperature (as relates to physical comfort) and gauge the humidity (as relates to mold and bacteria). As expected today, it communicates via Bluetooth with an app on your smartphone (or tablet) on iOS/Android, with some computation being done by the app in tandem with the data being transmitted from the Foobot. What it does is look for and identify pollution patterns and pass that information on.
To do this, the Foobot samples particle matter, gas pollutants as well as the earlier mentioned temperature and humidity on a regular basis using a 5 minute time cycle. To simplify the procedure for understanding, the Foobot intakes air and analyzes it using intelligent monitoring techniques that include providing advice and suggestions in real-time as pollutants are identified, registered and measured. This might seem simple and at times unnecessary, but consider working at a desk at home near the kitchen where household cleaners are being used or a room adjoining the laundry room where detergents are regularly used.
The Foobot may appear simple on the outside, but it sure looks pretty cool as it has a LED light strip running up the side that changes color as it functions. Otherwise it’s pretty sedate as it doesn’t set off sirens or flares when it takes in a deep “breath” to sense the fine unseen particles that represent carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and others. The app used with it (free and for iOS/Android) provides detailed information in a straightforward manner but also uses its machine learning capabilities to work with gaming.
The Foobot Indoor Air Quality Monitor does not take the place of an air filter — it’s job is to sample the air and report on the quality so that those breathing in the air can make intelligent decisions about how to proceed. If you and yours are worth caring about as to the air being breathed inside your home, then the $199 retail will be dollars well spent.