Depressing Necklace Measures How Much Air Pollution You're Breathing InS

Sure, air pollution might make for particularly stunning sunsets. But have you ever thought about the toll it takes on your body? You won't have a choice after wearing RTI International's MicroPEM—or personal exposure monitor—which measures the adverse affects of breathing in all that poison.

Providing a direct correlation between pollution levels and how it affects a person's health, the MicroPEM continually measures both the levels of pollutants in the air, as well as an individual's physical activity using acceleration and motion sensors. Essentially, it provides a first-person account of how air pollution affects our health, instead of having to draw conclusions from general health trends in a particularly polluted region.

Depressing Necklace Measures How Much Air Pollution You're Breathing InS

Using the data collected from the sensor, researchers are even able to calculate a person's varied breathing rates as they perform different levels of physical activity, from using a treadmill, to just taking a stroll. And that data will help reinforce findings that all the poisonous crap we keep pumping into the air just isn't good for us. [RTI International via Gizmag]