Wearable Air Quality Sensors Could Help Us All Breathe Easier

Imagine if you could locate the healthiest route for your afternoon jog, the fresh airiest one that would keep you from breathing the pollutants that cars barf out into the atmosphere. It might change every day as these pollutants move around. But you'd be ready, because you'd be wearing an air quality sensor. » 12/12/14 4:35pm 12/12/14 4:35pm

A Map of How Much Better US Air Quality Has Gotten in the Last Decade

You can literally breathe easier now; new imagery from NASA's Aura satellite shows that over the past 10 years, air quality in the U.S. has improved. It's not to say that the environment isn't still generally screwed, but that's great news, especially if you live in or near a city. » 6/26/14 12:00pm 6/26/14 12:00pm

This Isn't a Speaker, It's an Air Purifier

If you've got allergies, or just polluted air in your home, the easiest solution is an air purifier. But they're all so... unsightly. Behold the remedy: Airwake, an as yet unpriced air purifier masked as a stylish speaker. [airsurliving via Uncrate] » 8/30/10 8:40pm 8/30/10 8:40pm

Brighten Your Backyard With Air Quality Indicating Balloons

Red, yellow, or green will indicate the levels of diesel or exhaust in the air, while creatively illuminating the scene at a nighttime gathering. If your balloons are mostly red, I'd suggest relocating to a less polluted locale. » 8/06/10 1:20am 8/06/10 1:20am

EPA Dress Wrinkles Up to Show it's a Bad Air Day

Currently showing at the 2nd Skin Exhibition at San Francisco's Exploratorium is this piece of smart clothing by designer Stephanie Sandstrom. Inside it hide a bunch of sensors that measure the nearby air quality, along with drivers that can adjust the fabric. The idea is that on bad air days the dress detects the… » 5/16/08 8:56am 5/16/08 8:56am