Earlier this year, Foobot – a connected indoor air quality monitor – launched on to the UK market. The brainchild of Luxembourger Jacques Touillon, it was born from his wish to help his son’s asthma after looking without success for a device to fight this invisible enemy to improve his son’s health and to develop a solution others could also benefit from.
Jacques founded startup company Airboxlab to manufacture this new air quality solution and a line of other products which are all dedicated to monitoring airborne chemicals so that our indoor environments can be safe places for us to breathe.
Air Pollution: The Invisible Threat
Did you know that in the UK, around 5.4 million people suffer from forms of asthma that are exacerbated by pollution. For those affected, air pollution can reduce life expectancy by as much as eleven years or more. This accounts for nearly 5% of all annual UK deaths but amazingly, there is very little awareness of the problem, making air pollution an invisible public health crisis that affects much of our country.
Poor air quality can impair our health, leading to symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, eye, nose and throat infections and can aggravate allergies and asthma. To protect our health and preserve our quality of life, indoor air quality is fundamental. Foobot turns invisible indoor pollution into a tangible, visible thing thanks to its soft coloured LED light, meaning air quality can be easily viewed and assessed and appropriate action can be taken if required to improve it.
Why choose Foobot?
Foobot is the most advanced data processing smart monitor available in the UK, helping you take control of your indoor air quality, either by working with other home automation devices or simply by giving you detailed knowledge of something which is effectively invisible.
How does Foobot work?
By scanning your environment day and night and learning from your habits, Foobot provides you with warnings and actionable advice to keep your air in the home fresh and pollution free. It constantly measures VOCs, PM2.5s, CO2, temperature and humidity, and logs them in five minute intervals to find the best solution for air quality needs.
Here’s a helpful video explaining just how Foobot works:
Foobot: Features & Benefits
The best way to use Foobot for most of us is as a source of knowledge, empowering you to make better choices and decisions. Foobot provides the right information at the right time to take care of existing problems and prevent the creation of new ones. This could be as simple as opening a window but with Foobot you’ll know exactly when it’s required and for how long – very useful if it’s freezing cold outside or you live on a main road!
Another benefit is that the Foobot app gives you access to real time information, so over time it helps you understand which household products, carpets or even furniture are releasing a frequent dose of pollutant. Such knowledge allows you to alter your behaviour and habits to avoid pollution production.
This results in a more comfortable living space for the whole family ensuring your home is at the optimal temperature and humidity for general wellbeing. It may come as a surprise to discover that temperature can affect the release of pollutants in your home. For example, when temperatures rise, the glue present in everyday furniture emits more formaldehyde which is a well-known carcinogenic Volatile Organic Compound.
Foobot Talks to Your Smart Home Devices
For those who live in a connected home and have the latest smart home devices, Foobot can also benefit your family’s health by working together with such devices such as Google Nest’s connected thermostat to control your home’s temperature.
It is also able to communicate directly with Amazon Echo so when any pollutant exceeds healthy levels, Foobot will relay this information allowing a user-friendly interface like Alexa to talk about the problem to you in an easy to understand voice offering possible solutions.
In the modern connected home of today, Foobot can essentially be an active part of the smart home ecosystem helping trigger the ventilation, filtration and purification system or appliances. Yet another benefit of Foobot is its ability to connect to over 120 home appliances using IFTTT – including the popular HIVE connected thermostat from British Gas.
Fight Indoor Pollution with Foobot
Did you know that pollution from chemicals and particulate matter is up to five times more common indoors as a result of confined space and poor ventilation. Foobot works by using super sensitive internal sensors to check for these pollutants and alerts you via its companion app and the LEDs on the device itself.
The device is sensitive to pollutants including particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometres, like dust, pollen and pet dander as well as Volatile Organic Compounds such as formaldehyde and ammonia and other toxic gases such as lethal carbon monoxide.
Foobot can even monitor carbon dioxide levels which although not harmful itself can indicate if an environment has poor circulation. The device also monitors humidity levels which when low can cause irritation and when high can encourage the build up of mould and dust mites.
Why SLOAN! Recommends Footbot
As well as monitoring pollutants, Foobot can even just make you feel more comfortable indoors by monitoring the ambient temperature and alerting you to make changes to create the optimal environment that’s not too warm and not too cold.
In addition to the long-term health benefits, living in a clean air environment means we can be more alert and more productive during the day and have better sleep at night, which is an important consideration given that most of us will spend an average of 90% of our lives indoors, be it at home, school, work, or even out shopping in the mall or watching a movie in the confinement of a cinema.
Foobot is recommended by SLOAN! and appears in our November 2017 Edition. Click here to discover more Tech-Tastic Treats including Foobot.
Foobot is available for £170 from foobot.io