Before the first generation of Foobot was launched in 2014, you would have had to pay thousands of dollars for a lab-grade air monitor. However, such devices are not suitable for homes.
Families need answers for questions like, “Is my detergent making my air less healthy?” or “Do I need to open the window right now?” This is why we created Foobot. It has been designed to detect the trends of air quality, and it lets you know whether things are getting better or worse.
In 2017, the journal of Aerosol Science compared the accuracy of several monitors in various pollution events:
“For all aerosol types, PM2.5 measured with the Foobot and [the $5,000 lab instrument used as reference] were highly linear with that from reference instruments, whereas PM2.5 from [other monitors] were not.”