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.