My Friday Favourite this week is Foobot – Home Air Quality Monitor.
What is it?
Foobot is a device that keeps an eye on your air quality.
How can it help me?
Foobot sits in your house and constantly monitors air quality. It can help you improve the air quality in your home, places of work or public indoor spaces.
Foobot monitors the invisible, odourless pollutants in your environment and makes them visible through its LED display. You can tell from the colour of the Footbot whether your air is more like a forest glade or the M6 Motorway.
My family has been using Foobot for a few weeks now. As well as the visual LED prompts for air quality, Foobot has an app for Android and iOS which can be used by all members of your family.
I recently wrote about how the Internet of Things is an opportunity for IT businesses and Foobot is another example of a practical device that homes and businesses will be using.
The Foobot app educates you on the causes and ramifications of your activities and how they affect air quality at home. For instance — stuffy air, cooking without ventilation, spraying chemicals when cleaning.
The app provides you with real-time readings and charts of each pollutant over a period of time.
You are also notified of local outdoor air quality. If you live in a particularly polluted part of the world, this can help you understand when it is best to open your windows to let actual fresh air in.
Foobot also works alongside Google Nest, British Gas Hive Home and a number of other Internet of Things systems.
We’ve found that Foobot helps reinforce good habits (such as using an extractor fan when cooking) as you stay informed of what’s going on inside your home in order to be more reactive.
How much does it cost?
Foobot costs £179 in the UK. It is also available for purchase in local currency in Europe and the USA.
How can I get it?
You can order FooBot in the UK, USA and Canada.