Acer, known for their laptop PCs, has recently announced a new product that is fairly different from their other devices.
The Taiwanese firm’s new Air Monitor assesses air quality in real time. This smart device measures things such as Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC), carbon dioxide, PM2.5, PM10, humidity, and of course, temperature.
The companion smartphone app lets you view findings and an in-depth analysis. The monitor has a built in LED light that changes color to reflect the overall quality of the air in the room.
A built in sensor automatically turns off the LED indicator when ambient lighting is dimmed past a certain level. This functionality allows the device to blend seamlessly into both homes and offices. Acer’s app allows users to track the impacts changes to their environment can have over long periods of time.
When harmful levels are reached, the Air Monitor can send a push notification to let users know to take action.
Additionally, an integration with IFTTT allows for the triggering of air filtering or other smart devices when necessary. You can even flash your Philips Hue bulbs when air quality is harmful.
The device’s sleek, square design is reminiscent of Nest’s Nest Protect Smoke Alarm. You can mount it on a wall or it can simply rest on a shelf in the home.
Although a lot of information is available on the features of the device, a release date isn’t clear at the moment. Acer has indicated that consumers should expect the Air Monitor in the second quarter of the year.
The Acer Air Monitor will be on display at the MWC 2017 conference.