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Indoor Air Quality monitors... Say whaaat? (2) What does Foobot measure and why?

Indoor Air Quality monitors... Say whaaat? (2) What does Foobot measure and why? | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it
“We need our shelter safe and it depends on us to eliminate that invisible enemy poisoning our daily life.” - Foobot tribe member, defender of great indoor air quality
Foobot's insight:

Foobot's monitor: PM (PM10, PM5, PM2.5), tVOCs, Indoor temperature, indoor humidity. The main indicators to indoor air quality according to WHO (World Health Organisation).

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Understanding Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Understanding Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it
From a feng shui perspective, indoor air quality affects the energy flow in your home. You want the most positive and supportive "qi" around you to support your health and livelihood.
Foobot's insight:

"One of the easiest ways to increase your IAQ is by monitoring the chemicals that are used, and subsequently released into the air, in your home. "


"Another easy way to control the quality of your home's air is by ensuring that atmospheric conditions are optimal for human living, not life of micro-organisms. Keep humidity in the home between 30% and 50%"


"IAQ is becoming increasingly important as we face growing danger due to pollutants in our atmosphere. Bettering and maintaining a high quality for your family's home is as easy as changing a few patterns and trying new things. You have nothing to lose, except for allergens and ailments!"



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Need to change quickly our behaviours for a better health! How IAQ monitor and diagnosis will make you question everything?

Need to change quickly our behaviours for a better health! How IAQ monitor and diagnosis will make you question everything? | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it

Home is the expression of our need for shelter. It brings us comfort and security (Carlucci, 2003).
However, our homes are not safer anymore. Indoor air pollution is increasing as stated in many surveys.... WHO"

Foobot's insight:

"The very first thing to do to fight this danger is to be aware of the real problem and not just try to handle it through comfort criteria. The only correct diagnosis is done through Indoor Air Quality monitoring."

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Airboxlab the 2014 Red Herring award winner with Foobot IAQ monitor

Airboxlab the 2014 Red Herring award winner with Foobot IAQ monitor | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it

Congrats to us all, Fooboters! @Airboxlab is the 2014 @redherringconf Global Award winner with Foobot monitor and app"

Foobot's insight:

Congrats to us all, Fooboters!!!!
We are proudly to announce that Airboxlab is the 2014 Red Herring Global Award winner, a competition among worldwide startups, that took place in Los Angeles (USA), with Foobot  
Our goal to help people getting the perfect indoor air quality through monitor and best practices is on its good way. 
Thank you all for your support!@Airboxlab @Foobot

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Hi! I am FOOBOT, your Good Air Guru.

Hi! I am FOOBOT, your Good Air Guru. | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it
Hi there present and future Fooboters,
I am FOOBOT, your Good Air Guru.
From now one the world will never be the same. I am here to improve your life.
Helping you understand what is wrong with your...
Foobot's insight:

Foobot's first words to the world

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Indoor air pollution turning fatal for Indian kids

Indoor air pollution turning fatal for Indian kids | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it
A new study has indicated that children in India who were exposed to more indoor pollutants had increased levels of asthma and allergic rhinitis (hay fever).
Foobot's insight:

And not only for Indian kids...indoor air pollution is a health threat all over the world from the less to the most developed countries. The number of diseases and premature deaths all over the world due to air pollution are in majority caused by the indoor air quality (WHO). We spend 90% of our day indoor!!!!

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Sensors offer new power to improve health | Healthcare IT News

Sensors offer new power to improve health | Healthcare IT News | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it
Enter the modern era of wearables and sensors. Sensor technology is going through a sort of Moore’s law type period, with personal health technologies experiencing exponential improvements. The technology is becoming cheaper, smaller, easier to power, etc.

Via Technical Dr. Inc.
Foobot's insight:

It is the future-present.

@Foobot @myfoobot @airboxlab

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Primary sources-of-indoor-air pollution

Primary sources-of-indoor-air pollution | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it
Foobot's insight:

The main pollutants of the indoor air come from the inside of the homes!

Outdoor air has impact on it but the LARGER PERCENTAGE is from the VOCs and PM's.

Both are spread in the indoor air through paints, the hidden formaldehyde in your furniture and personal items, the household cleanings, smoking, dust in the carpet, mold, etc

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Creating Healthy Home Environments for Kids: Top 5 Tips - YouTube

Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment (CPCHE) presents the top 5 tips for creating a healthy environment in the home.
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Growing with the best practices and behaviors.

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Tour the IAQ House

Tour the IAQ House | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it
Foobot's insight:

Make a quick tour and become aware of the potential indoor air pollutants you can find in every division of your home.

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11 Hidden Sources of Indoor Air Pollution | Rodale News

11 Hidden Sources of Indoor Air Pollution | Rodale News | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it

"The air inside your home could be making you sick..."

 

"Smokestacks and tailpipes are obvious air-quality annihilators, but your main exposure to asthma-triggering, headache-creating air pollution is likely coming from right inside your own home!"


"Major culprits like radon and cigarette smoke are probably already on your radar, but how about your showerhead and cookware?"


"The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that indoor air pollution can be up to eight times worse inside than outside."


"Luckily, there are easy changes you can make to clear the air and potentially eliminate indoor air pollutants that have been linked to not only asthma attacks, but dizzy spells, obesity, and even worse, cancer."

Foobot's insight:

11 hidden sources of IA pollution (that Foobot senses) and 11 practices to fight it.

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Care for Your Air: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality | Indoor Air | US Environmental Protection Agency

Care for Your Air: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality | Indoor Air | US Environmental Protection Agency | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it



"Several sources of air pollution are in homes, schools, and offices."


"Some pollutants cause health problems such as sore eyes, burning in the nose and throat, headaches, or fatigue."


"Other pollutants cause or worsen allergies, respiratory illnesses (such as asthma), heart disease, cancer, and other serious long-term conditions."


"Sometimes individual pollutants at high concentrations, such as carbon monoxide, cause death."

Foobot's insight:

Be aware of the dangers in your own house, with Foobot, and have the best practices to make the needing changes to protect your and others health.

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6 Ways to Avoid Formaldehyde in Your Home - EcoFriendlyLink - The EcoExpert Blog

6 Ways to Avoid Formaldehyde in Your Home - EcoFriendlyLink - The EcoExpert Blog | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it

 

"Formaldehyde is a gas found in many home products such as draperies or curtains, easy-care clothing, cabinets and furniture, and insulation."

 

"It’s also in many disinfectants, adhesive or bonding agents, insecticides, paints, solvents, air fresheners, hobby supplies, dry-cleaned clothing, aerosol sprays, and fabric additives used in carpeting."

Foobot's insight:

"Formaldehyde It is a known carcinogen (capable of causing cancer) and can cause health problems that include coughing, eye, nose, and throat irritation, skin rashes and asthma-like symptoms."

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Your home and your lungs

Your home and your lungs | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it
If you have a lung condition such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you might feel that certain things in your home can trigger your symptoms, leading to coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath.
Foobot's insight:

The dangers are in: cleaning an decorating, carpets and furniture, Tobacco smoke, Wood and coal fires, Damp and condensation, cavity wall insulation.

Foobot detects that for you, warns you about it, and coaches you giving you the best practices to fight the silent poison in your daily life.

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Indoor Air Quality monitor... Say whaaat? (1) How does Foobot, an IAQ monitor and coach, work?

Indoor Air Quality monitor... Say whaaat? (1) How does Foobot, an IAQ monitor and coach, work? | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it

“We need to fight the indoor air pollution, NOW.” - Foobot’s tribe member, defender of great indoor air quality"


"Foobot is a perfect combination of High Tech sensors and unobtrusive design. Based on a sensor array providing accurate and stable measurements, the design will perfectly fit in your living spaces, and adapt as part of it."

Foobot's insight:

Foobot, is at work for you:

(1) Continuously catching, sensing and reading the IAQ of your dwelling.

(2) Data are processed for global as well as specific analyses, algorithms are used to personalised and predict the evolution.

(3) Dedicated app let you easily access your home readings, 24/7 from your smartphone, tablet and computer.

(4) Notifications and warnings are provided based on your personal settings, learning from your habits and pollution patterns.

(5) A learning center helps you understand and implement best practices to keep your environment safe

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A Paris, la pollution aussi nocive que le tabagisme passif

A Paris, la pollution aussi nocive que le tabagisme passif | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it
L’image a de quoi faire frémir : le 13 décembre 2013, les rues de Paris étaient aussi polluées qu’une pièce de 20 mètres carrés occupée par huit fumeurs. La capitale subissait alors un épisode de pollution extrêmement dense, dû au trafic routier, au chauffage au bois et aux activités industrielles. A 18 heures, le ciel était chargé de 6 millions de particules très fines par litre d’air, 30 fois plus que la normale. L’atmosphère pour un Parisien était assimilable à du tabagisme passif.
Foobot's insight:

Danger: PM 2.5 all over Paris. And people can not stop breathing.

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Good IAQ, an essential need in daily life!

Good IAQ, an essential need in daily life! | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it

Air is a natural and necessary resource in our daily life.

Even though we forget its presence, air is essential as we need to breathe to stay alive.

 

You can survive for 6-8 weeks without eating, 3-5 days without drinking but just only a few minutes without breathing."

Foobot's insight:

Why is IAQ an essential need in our daily life? Some WHO's data and some of the symptoms related to indoor air pollution.

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Why is IAQ essential for our daily lifes, WHO's data and some of the indoor air pollution symptoms. 

By @Foobot

airboxlab's curator insight, November 19, 2014 4:22 AM

Why is IAQ essential for our daily lifes, WHO's data and some of the indoor air pollution symptoms. 

By @Foobot

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Exercise in air quality research finds gyms are not a breath of fresh air

Exercise in air quality research finds gyms are not a breath of fresh air | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it
Exercise in air quality research finds gyms are not a breath of fresh air

Via Peter Mellow
Foobot's insight:

Indoor air is highly polluted. And it is a silent threat!

 

The main question is: Is there a device that could provide us a good air watch? Yes there is:

 

FOOBOT (http://foobot.io/)

 

 

Also: Go outside and practice near trees and in non traffic hours.

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Présentation de la start-up AirBoxLab - YouTube

Découvrez le reportage complet sur la start-up AirBoxLab diffusée sur AIR, l'autre télé dans l’émission Bienvenue Chez Vous le mercredi 5 novembre 2014.
Foobot's insight:

Check out this 2 minutes interview with our CEO @Jacques Touillon, to AIR TV. New and great news about us!

 

Special thanks to @Silicon Luxembourg

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airboxlab's curator insight, November 10, 2014 8:59 AM

Airboxlab in Air TV. Interview with CEO Jacques Touillon.

Watch this 2 minutes video.

 

Special thanks to @Silicon Luxembourg.

airboxlab's curator insight, November 10, 2014 9:07 AM

Entretien avec CEO Jacques Touillon (AirBoxLab) à AIR Tv.

Regardez cette vidéo de deux minutes.

 

Remerciements particuliers à @Silicon Luxembourg.

Cristina Nazare Martins's curator insight, November 10, 2014 9:09 AM

Nice 2 minutes interview to Airboxlab's CEO, Jacques Touillon, to Air Tv.

 

Go Foobot!

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Traffic pollution can harm lungs of babies in womb

Traffic pollution can harm lungs of babies in womb | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it

Analysis of the results showed that exposure to higher levels of benzene and NO2 in pregnancy was associated with reduced lung function parameters in breathing tests."

"Children whose mothers lived in a high traffic air pollution area for benzene during the second trimester of pregnancy had a 22 percent higher risk of impaired lung function than those living in less polluted areas."

"The risk for children of mothers living in a high traffic air pollution area for NO2 during their second trimester was 30 percent higher than those from less polluted areas."

"Stronger associations between higher levels of pollution around pregnant women and poorer lung function in their subsequent children appeared among allergic children and those of lower social class."

"The researchers concluded that exposure to traffic-related air pollutants acting during the prenatal period could adversely impact the developing lung."

Foobot's insight:

The Air Quality starts affecting us since the very beginning, when we are still in our 1st (supposedly) protected shelter in our mother's womb.

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Ethanol fireplaces: The underestimated risk

Ethanol fireplaces: The underestimated risk | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it

 

"Ethanol fireplaces are becoming more and more popular. However, they are not only  highly combustible -- in the past, severe accidents have occurred repeatedly with decorative fireplaces. The devices also pollute the air in the rooms.

Foobot's insight:

Popularity IS NOT = to Health improvement!

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The Kitchen as a Pollution Hazard

The Kitchen as a Pollution Hazard | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it
Yet frying, grilling or toasting foods with gas and electric appliances creates particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, and volatile organic compounds. (Acrolein, which most cooks recognize as the smell of burnt fats or oils, was used in grenades in World War I because it causes irritation to the lungs and eyes.)
Foobot's insight:

"Emissions of nitrogen dioxide in homes with gas stoves exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of clean air in an estimated 55 percent to 70 percent of those homes, according to one model; a quarter of them have air quality worse than the worst recorded smog (nitrogen dioxide) event in London."


"Cooking represents one of the single largest contributors, generating particulate matter (formally known as PM2.5) at concentrations four times greater than major haze events in Beijing."

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Asthma And Indoor Air Pollution

Asthma And Indoor Air Pollution | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it
Foobot's insight:

Formaldehyde is the most known air pollutant but it is not the only one!!!

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Volatile Organic Compounds | Indoor Air | US Environmental Protection Agency

Volatile Organic Compounds | Indoor Air | US Environmental Protection Agency | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) @ Foobot: monitor, data, best practices | Scoop.it

 

 

"Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids.

 

"VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects."

 

"Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors."

 

"VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands."

 

"Examples: paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and furnishings, office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper, graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers, and photographic solutions.

Foobot's insight:

Foobot detects the VOCs at your home and immediately warns you about that through your smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer.

 

Check out in this EPA's article the VOCs sources (like household products) and Health effects (like : Eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination, nausea; damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system).

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