New wearable air pollution monitor about as big as an Oreo

By on April 22, 2015

A new wearable air pollution monitor hopes to safeguard public health. (Courtesy TZOA)

There’s a new wearable, personal air pollution monitor available, according to Popular Science. Called the TZOA, it’s about as large as an Oreo cookie and operates by sucking air in through a fan.

After it’s pulled the air in, an onboard laser hits the intake and scatters. As it does, the TZOA counts the particulates in the air sample and detects for the level of ultraviolet light. Those data are fed into an accompanying smartphone app where they are displayed alongside crowdsourced pollution measurements.

The makers of the TZOA hope to sell the wearable monitor later this year at a price of $99 per unit. They say the device is useful for pinpointing those polluting the air, as well as a tool for safeguarding public health.

Top image: A new wearable air pollution monitor hopes to safeguard public health. (Courtesy TZOA)

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