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About this project

Pocket Particle is the most accurate and sensitive mobile air quality sensor.  Measure harmful particulate matter in the air you breathe and take action for a better and healthier life.

How does it work?

Just launch the mobile app on your smart phone, plug in the sensor and hit record. The sensor will power-up and begin streaming air quality data every 1/10th of a second. 

Powered by Digital Environment mobile and cloud software, the system is intuitive and easy to use for users of all ages and expereince.

Why is it important?

The American Lung Association offers some simple and grave warnings about particulate matter pollution. 

http://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/outdoor/air-pollution/particle-pollution.html

Our vision is to enable the whole world to easily understand air quality and better their lives through information and understanding.

This is bigger than just hardware and software.  Users can share air quality data and produce detailed maps of pollution in their area.

Crowd-sourcing and crowd-sharing environmental data are the cornerstones of our vision and this Kickstarter campaign. 

The sourcing and sharing will allow communities to understand their local environment.  It will enable travelers to anticipate risks and take protective measures for poor air quality.  

Digital Environment will provide "citizen scientists" with rich data sets to improve their community and collective understanding of air quality.

The system consists of two parts:

The hardware and software work in unison to collect, aggregate, and monitor air quality data. Collectively, the system (individual + sensor + data) enables users to learn about the quality of the air they breathe and share with others. 

Users can understand how that air quality affects their health, and protect themselves from health problems associated with:

  • Asthma
  • Emphysema (COPD) 
  • Allergies
  • Hazardous work environments
  • Travel to polluted locations
Asthma is directly associated with particulate air quality
Asthma is directly associated with particulate air quality

The prototype system was completed a few months ago and is already showing insightfull data about the world around us both in and outside of our homes. 

The current system includes the sensor, our Android mobile app, and our reporting web app.  We will use the Kickstarter campaign to:

  • Enhance Android app: mapping, custom alarms, trends.
  • Enhance website: interactive mapping, compare health vs air, sharing.
  • Enhance crowdsharing of air quality data: public projects, analysis, recommendations.
  • Create group accounts for doctors and patients.
  • Build iOS application

Our partners at Tangible Design factory:

Tangible Design Lab
Tangible Design Lab

 

Risks and challenges

Because of all of our hard work to date, this campaign has low risk. Android based solutions will be delivered within 6 weeks of completing the campaign. iOS will require an additional 6 weeks for delivery. Note that iPhone sensors are only available through reward #6. All other rewards are for android.

Enhancing the Android mobile app and reporting app for a better user experience will be very low risk, just a matter of time. We have a team of mobile developers and a team of web developers that have adopted a number of sensors and designed a functional set of applications. More than one year of development, testing, and refinement has been invested into the current applications.

Crowdsharing the collected data is possible and low risk, but we have yet to build this feature. As envisioned, this feature will allow users to share data in an anonymous way, or keep their personal data private. The technology for this function is in place; however, we need your support to build and refine this feature.

iOS development is medium risk. It presents the largest amount of work that is not complete for this Kickstarter campaign. We are currently testing interface between an iOS device and the sensor. First, we will establish communication between the device and iOS. Next, we'll present data in an iOS application. Then, aggregate the data from iOS into our cloud environment (no risk here, just time). And finally: enhance the application with the features we have developed for Android.

Our team:
Big data architect
Sensor & instrument specialist and environmental engineer
Mobile architect
2 mobile developers
Web application architect
Web developer

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    The Air We Breathe

    Donate $1 and help us model the air we breathe across the globe.

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    Share a Breath

    For a donation of $5, we will share product information with 5 of your friends or family members who might benefit from air quality monitoring and will mention that you were thinking of them.

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    Inhale

    Pledge $40 to gain access to our data collection platform. You can view and analyze air quality data from our network of Pocket Particle users around the world.

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    First Breath

    Early adopters get a big break!
    Sensor and software access for just $99.

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    Exhale

    For a $139 donation, you will receive a Pocket Particle air quality sensor, data cable for your mobile device, and access to our cloud data collection and analysis software.

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    Exhale for iPhone

    For a $149 donation, you will receive a Pocket Particle air quality sensor for iPhone and access to our cloud data collection and analysis software.

    Unfortunately the iPhone version will cost a bit more due to some licensing and design issues we are discovering.

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    Synchronized Breathing

    Pledge $379 and we'll send you 3 Pocket Particle sensors and a group cloud account for sharing among a family, small business, etc.

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    B2B Solutions

    10 sensors, 25 active users, and a 1 year account with monitoring access for your group.

    Monitor patients, workers, or remote environments from the comfort of your office.

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Funding period

- (36 days)