SPARROW Carbon Monoxide & Air Quality Monitor by Eco Sensors brings lifesaving technology to the Otterbox uniVERSE case system.

Eco Sensors is proud to announce the release of the SPARROW CO & Air Quality Monitor, compatible with the Otterbox uniVERSE case system and supported by the Colorado based non-profit The Lauren Project.

Powered by a breakthrough carbon monoxide sensor from SPEC Sensors, SPARROW goes beyond traditional CO and air quality devices in its small size, rapid response, and detection to low levels of carbon monoxide. 

SPARROW is the result of a corporate partnership sparked three years ago by The Lauren Project after the tragic death of Lauren Johnson due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless and invisible gas that is life threatening at high concentrations and is 1 of 6 gases regulated by the EPA as especially harmful with prolonged exposure. 

“Health risks from CO exposure are especially severe for sensitive individuals like children and infants, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with respiratory disorders.” 

Dr. Joseph Stetter, PhD, KWJ Engineering, Inc.

A Young Woman’s death – Leads to Innovation

 “Lauren, only 23 years old, died trying to call for help” her father, Don Johnson, reports.  “If she knew what was killing her she could have easily left the building and escaped her killer.” 

Don Johnson, The Lauren Project

There was no CO alarm in Lauren’s apartment, nor was there any law that required it.  Still today laws vary between cities, states, and countries, and CO alarms may not be present.

A few years after Lauren’s death, a chance conversation with one of Lauren’s childhood friends, resulted in an “aha” moment.  Brycen, an Otterbox employee, and Johnson came up with the idea for a CO alarm that could attach to a cell phone.  Through a great deal of persistence on Brycen’s part and finally finding Eco Sensors, with the same commitment for safety and technological innovation, the SPARROW was born. 

“I find it particularly satisfying,” Johnson states, “that the very device Lauren tried to use to call for help will now be the device that will alert people not just in their homes but in their vacation retreats, motels, tents, garages, schools, with first responders, and anywhere else this device travels.”

Don Johnson, The Lauren Project

SPARROW is a product of Eco Sensors, a division of KWJ Engineering, Inc. located in Silicon Valley and a world leader in gas detection for nearly 30 years. 

Continue reading Lauren’s story