CleanSpace App

Cleanspace App

If the urban commute has you constantly pondering just what you’re breathing in en-route to the office, the new CleanSpace app could help you find peace of mind – or a less smoggy route home

Traffic congestion increased in more than three-quarters of UK cities in 2014 – so ingenious new venture CleanSpace, which delivers local air quality data to users’ phones, is a timely addition to the urban dweller’s ‘appertoire’.

Created by the former science minister and entrepreneur Lord Drayson, CleanSpace teams up your smartphone with a pocket-sized sensor, powered by the “electromagnetic smog” generated by handsets, WiFi routers, tablets, laptops, power lines and telecommunications masts.

The £35 sensor monitors the carrier’s surroundings for levels of carbon monoxide – widely considered a surrogate marker for the presence of other harmful airborne presences – and users’ readings are added to the real-time database.

Plus, while (theoretically) giving you the option to take a cleaner route, there’s also the chance to rack up ‘CleanMiles’ whenever you walk, run or cycle, and cash them in for rewards from partners including MaxiNutrition and Halfords.

For more information on the CleanSpace app, click here


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Nick Scott

Nick Scott

A former editor-in-chief of The Rake and deputy editor of the Australian edition of GQ, Nick has had features published in titles including Esquire, The Guardian, Observer Sport Monthly and Rolling Stone Australia and is a contributing editor to Director magazine. He has interviewed celebrities including Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig and Elle Macpherson, as well as business people including Sir Richard Branson, Charles Middleton and Nick Giles and Michael Hayman MBE.

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