Beatrice Dias has asthma, and her three-year-old has had his own respiratory issues, so she installed a personal air monitoring device known as a Speck to see if the air in her home was contributing to their health problems.
“It was as simple as turning on the hood vent above the stove and realizing, ‘wait, the air quality is getting worse, what am I doing wrong? This was supposed to be good for it,’” she said. “But then I followed the trajectory of the air and realized the hood vent was just venting the air up as opposed out of the house.”
Revelations like this is why the Community Robotics Education and Technology Empowerment (CREATE) Lab began selling Speck Monday. The air quality monitor detects fine particulates in a room by using a fan to create a vacuum that sucks the matter into the sensor.