Internet-connected devices come in all shapes and sizes and as evident by Acer’s latest entrant, they also offer varying degrees of functionality and usefulness.
The Acer Air Monitor, as its name suggests, is an air monitor designed to help keep tabs on the air quality in your home, office or any other indoor space you or loved ones frequent. The connected device tracks six key air quality indicators in real time – TVOC (Total Volatile Organic Compounds), carbon dioxide, PM2.5, PM10, temperature and humidity – which can be accessed at will using Acer’s dedicated mobile app.
Users can configure warnings that’ll trigger push notifications if certain predefined parameters are exceeded. Furthermore, triggers can also be sent to IFTTT, thus allowing actions to be taken without the need for human intervention (perhaps an air purifier can be flipped on automatically, for example).
Wayne Ma, General Manager of IoB (Internet of Beings) at Acer Cloud Technology Inc. in Taiwan points to research from the US and EU showing people on average spend roughly 90 percent of their time indoors. With the Acer Air Monitor, they want to empower people with actionable information to make better life choices.
As the saying goes, if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything. According to the World Health Organization, some 4.3 million people die each year from exposure to household air pollution.
The Acer Air Monitor will be on display at Mobile World Congress. No word yet on pricing and exact availability.