As the Pebble, iWatch, G-watch and Samsung Gear battle it out for the title of top smart watch, the race for meaningful apps to warrant the wrist-buzzing is equally important.
Until recently, monitoring the quality of the air around us has been under-represented on the wearable tech watch-list. WEPO - the wearable pollution monitor - enters the race to be the app of choice for keeping us aware of the air we're breathing. (Check out our article on the TZOA everyday environment monitor)
The Christmas special on the WEPO is $249, the early bird special is priced at $399, and $499 for those who miss the worm. While the price seems high for personal use, for industrial/occupational health and safety in factories and other higher-risk workplaces, personal sensors could indeed have a massive impact.
Though the name of the product suggests a community of Manhattan or Los Angeles, that this product comes from India is fundamental given pressing concern about air quality in massively populated places like Delhi, the world's second most populous city with 25 million people (and headed for an estimated 36 million people by 2030).
The first generation of Wepo is packed with Carbon Monoxide sensors. Successive variants of Wepo with Nitrogen Dioxide sensors, Particulate Matter sensors and much more pollutants will be made available soon.
WEPO's Indiegogo.com campaign ends January 18, 2015 and had made its modest $10,000 goal at the new year. The product is expected to ship in July 2015, and the team is already thinking about what's next - applications for Google Glass, and sensors for a variety of pollutants.