This palm sized unit can measure carbon monoxide molecules (2.5 microns) and smaller! Perfect!
March 16, 2014
Nikkei Asian Review
"Sharp releases palm-sized PM2.5 sensor"
by Yuji Nitta, Nikkei staff writer - http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Sharp-releases-palm-sized-PM2.5-sensor
Comparable devices - like the Airy Technology P311 Handheld Laser Particle Counter - right now can cost as much as US$1,528.00!
It looks like the sensor itself costs about $10.00 (!) (http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/SHARP-dust-dust-sensor-GP2Y1010AU0F-PM2-5-air-quality-testing/819135_1148496936.html).
Add a processor and a simple digital display and hand held (or hanging from your belt) devices could cost under $50.00! Everyone can have one!
Network the data by combining the device with a web phone and the social tools, and researchers could plan data collection and come up with real time data on local air quality over time.
When people have information about their health they usually act on it - thus the political support for Complete Streets and sustianable Transportation and the super-high-efficiency-economy would likely increase.
A good day today.
Via Nano Sensors article at O'Reilly Data newsletter: "Radiation Mapping" http://post.oreilly.com/form/oreilly/viewhtml/9z1zi221k3lcru1ak82jd0746ao8mmcq8uur5dghobo?imm_mid=0bb43a&cmp=em-strata-na-na-newsltr_20140423_elist
..more on the SafeCast project - a GitHub networked Maker Project to produce a cheap, small pollution sensing device:
SafeCast - January 18, 2013
"Citizen science and air quality monitoring in Tokyo" - by levi | http://blog.safecast.org/2013/01/citizen-science-and-air-quality-monitoring-in-tokyo/
..and the video: http://youtu.be/kDEPb0P4d8k
Originally published at Facebook group Ward 30 Bikes - https://www.facebook.com/groups/148229472024000/permalink/268034903376789/?stream_ref=2