SPARROW is a wearable environmental health and safety monitor that measures Carbon Monoxide (CO), along with temperature, pressure and relative humidity. It can be attached to your smartphone case, clothes, bag, purse, stroller, bike, and even placed in your car.
SPARROW also works in conjunction with the OtterBox uniVERSE Case System, the innovative smartphone protection that allows for interchangeable accessories to slide directly onto the back of the phone case, making it easier to protect yourself from toxic air quality wherever you go.
Displays and tracks exposure over time, giving you information on health effects and even notifying others in the event of an emergency. SPARROW App will also store and map the location of unhealthy air events so you can plan healthier routes in the future. While you can customize your alerts and notifications to your needs, the SPARROW and its app will always alert you to hazardous life threatening situations with audible and visual alarms.
People throughout the world suffer from the dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO) exposure. CO is a toxic air pollutant created by combustion of fuels such as wood, gasoline, natural gas, and propane. Carbon Monoxide is fatal in high levels, and continuous low-level exposure to CO can be harmful. You cannot see, smell, or taste Carbon Monoxide but unhealthy and dangerous levels can accumulate at home, at work, on vacation or travel; indoors and even outdoors. While CO is unhealthy for everyone, some people are more at risk than others, especially:
Chronic exposure to Carbon Monoxide (CO) has been shown to permanently damage the cells of fetal brains and increase the risk of premature birth and/or low birthweight.
Because of their small size, pets, babies, and young children are more susceptible to Carbon Monoxide poisoning than adults.
The health threat from lower levels of CO is most serious for those who suffer from heart disease, like angina, clogged arteries, or congestive heart failure.
For a person with heart disease, a single exposure to CO at low levels may cause chest pain and reduce that person’s ability to exercise; repeated exposures may contribute to other cardiovascular effects.
Low levels of Carbon Monoxide correspond to increased rate of asthma attacks. This occurs primarily because carbon monoxide in the breath bonds to the red blood cells more than oxygen. This lack of oxygen puts more demand on the lungs and thus increasing the potential of respiratory attacks.
Anemics already have low energy levels because of the low levels of red blood cells needed to carry oxygen to the organs, brain and muscles.
Because Carbon Monoxide in the breath bonds to the red blood cells more than oxygen. Anemics are more sensitive to CO exposure.
Aerobic exercisers demand more oxygen for their active muscles.
Because Carbon Monoxide in the breath bonds to the red blood cells more than oxygen.
Aerobic exercisers are more at risk to CO exposure creating angina (heart strain) from over exertion.
Urban dwellers are more likely to be exposed to Carbon Monoxide from pollution and transportation
Some professionals may encounter CO more often on the job (i.e. first responders, building inspectors, maintenance workers and traveling executives)
Recreational activities, emergencies, or natural disasters can bring you closer to the sources of CO (i.e. boats, small planes, generators, campfires, idling RVs)
When you breath Carbon Monoxide, it deprives the bloodstream of oxygen. The organs and tissues that are mostly affected include the brain, the cardiovascular system, exercising skeletal muscle and the developing fetus.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced by incomplete burning of fuels including gasoline, oil, and wood. These sources abound throughout today’s society. CO poisoning often occurs around these sources with many of the victims unaware of the risks.