Learning about the quality of the air you breathe should be as easy and inexpensive as borrowing a book from a library, and that's why Carnegie Mellon University researchers have provided free Speck air quality monitors to 100 public libraries nationwide, including the East Bonner County Library District.


Speck is designed for use indoors, helping users realize when polluted outside air is coming into the house, or to recognize pollution sources within the home. It is also Wi-Fi-connected, so air quality data can be uploaded for analysis and shared, if desired, via the Internet.


"We have too many communities where the air is hazardous from time to time, yet people can't readily find out what they are breathing in their own homes," said Illah Nourbakhsh, professor of robotics and head of the CREATE Lab, which develops innovative robotic technologies for the public good. "This is the air quality you can actually do something about — if you know that a hazard even exists. That's why it is so important that people of all income levels have access to a sensor such as Speck."

Three Speck sensors are now available for check-out from the Sandpoint Branch Library and can be reserved for Clark Fork and Bookmobile patrons as well. For information about Speck sensors visit specksensor.com.

 

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