"Smart" smoke and CO2 detectors
can do all sorts of clever things, such as notifying absent homeowners
via their smartphone if the alarm goes off. However, what if you’ve
already got a perfectly good "dumb" detector that you don’t want to
replace? Well, you’ll soon be able to give it some brains, in the form
of the Roost battery.
While a smoke detector can certainly provide you with an early warning
in the event of a house fire, it can't usually do much to help you get
out of the building once that fire is underway. That's why Toronto-based
startup Safety iQ developed the Saver. It's a portable device that
reportedly allows users to breathe safely in smoke-filled environments,
while also serving as a flashlight and alarm.
A smoke detector is necessary for keeping your home safe, and with the
rise of smart devices, it only makes sense for them to be one of the
first items to get connected. Halo WX, a new smoke detector just hitting
the market, features all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detection one
would expect, while also adding in alerts for natural disasters.
While it's not against the law to smoke cigarettes in most parts of the world, there are still a lot of places where smoking is prohibited – workplaces, hotels, public housing, college dorms, jails – and a whole lot of smokers who still like to sneak in a cheeky one on the sly. That could become a lot more difficult with the release of the AirGuard, a sophisticated smoke detection unit that can either be hand held or fixed to a wall, and that can send out a Wi-Fi alert when tobacco or marijuana smoke is detected.
The thought of getting caught in a building fire is terrifying. Flames raging, smoke obscuring your vision and making it difficult to breathe, infrastructure crumbling, and you're trying desperately to remain calm and get out. The 5aver won't douse the flames, but the grab-and-go combination of lantern, alarm and mask is designed to help you find your way to safety in a hurry.
While most smartphone docks focus on bringing da noise
to add some life to a party, the Sense+ Docking Station is designed to be a potential life-saver. The portable device packs built-in smoke and gas detection sensors to sound an alert in the event of fire. The Sense+ also works in conjunction with an accompanying app that automatically calls friends and family if the user doesn’t respond.
Firefighters can quite often find themselves in smoke-filled rooms, where it’s impossible to see more than a few inches in any direction. Not wanting those firefighters to run into walls, researchers at the University of Sheffield have created a prototype helmet that vibrates against the wearer’s forehead, letting them know the location of nearby obstacles.
While the detrimental effects of inhaling secondhand tobacco smoke are well-documented, it can be difficult to determine just how much of that smoke people are exposed to. After all, we know that smokers inhale smoke from each of their cigarettes, but what percentage of that smoke reaches their family members or co-workers? Scientists at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College have created a portable sensor, in order to find out.
Is it actually smoggy outside today, or is it just you? If you have the Visibility app on your Android smartphone, you can find out. Just take a picture of the sky, and you will receive a message detailing how polluted the air is at your location. Not only will you know if you should take shelter indoors, but you will also be contributing to the scientific understanding of local air pollution.
Faced with increasingly strict regulations
on public smoking, Japanese smokers are left with few designated smoking areas where they light one up. In order to help these people locate assigned smoking areas, Katabami Crafts has created a free "Smoking Map" iPhone application.