This air quality monitor is handheld and crowdsources air pollution data. Currently seeking finances on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, AirBeam by HabitatMap is portable, for personal use and is palm-sized. As part of the AirCasting system, the Bluetooth-connected tool also has an accompanying app and website intended to raise awareness about air pollution.
The awareness-raising aspect is important because urban outdoor pollution causes approximately 1.3 million deaths every year around the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Crowdsourced air quality data is part of the solution, which is where this air quality monitor comes in. By contributing to an expanding open-sourced database, AirBeam not only measures air quality, but also allows you to share that information through its platform.