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Turning Smartphones Into Air Quality Monitors

By CNet

March 16, 2010

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Intel Labs has developed Common Sense, a portable device that collects and analyzes nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, and ozone information, and enables users to share the air quality data with other people over the Internet.

Common Sense, which is a little bit larger than a cell phone, features a global positioning system sensor based on Berkeley's Mote sensor technology, and uses GSM radio to send geolocated environmental data. Intel has experimentally deployed the technology on street sweepers.

Future Common Sense devices could run on Intel Atom chips, and Intel envisions embedding the sensors in cell phones. Intel also is using machine learning technology to develop a model that would be capable of determining the original source of the pollutants.

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