While we’re dedicated to building the best CubeSensors app, we also realize that many of you already have other devices and systems that might benefit from having information from your Cubes. You might have a sleep tracking device and want to connect its data to the data from your bedroom Cube, do research with CubeSensors, or even have a smart home that can automatically open the windows when the air quality gets bad enough.
We’re very excited about the possibilities of connecting CubeSensors to other sensors and devices. Which is why we’re already testing our beta API with existing CubeSensors owners, who are interested in doing more with their data. If you already have the Cubes and want to join our API beta testing, do send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your CubeSensors account email.
And if you’re interested in checking out what the first version of our API offers, you can now visit the docs at: https://my.cubesensors.com/docs.
For those of us in the northern hemisphere, the days are finally getting longer, the sun is lightening up our mood, and warmer temperatures are awaking trees, flowers, grasses and other plants.
Unfortunately, this also means that the blooming nature is filling the air your breathe with pollen and various Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that can cause nose, throat and eye irritation. Rising temperatures and direct sun exposure can also make your furniture off-gas VOCs in higher concentrations. And our Cubes have taken notice.
The air quality sensor inside CubeSensors doesn’t measure pollen directly, but we’ve all seen a dramatic increase of VOCs in our homes during recent warm and sunny spring days. Here’s a screenshot from my own bedroom in the past 24 hours:
The dips in VOC levels are still noticeable when I open the windows, but VOCs rise up again much quickly to higher levels even when the room is unoccupied. It’s also worth noticing that the rooms, where I open the windows more often for longer periods of time, are showing higher VOC levels.
So, what can you do about your indoor air quality during high VOC spring days? If you suffer from hay fever, you might want to avoid opening the windows during peek pollen hours in early morning and evening, especially on dry and sunny days. You can make up for that on damp and cold days, especially after it has rained for a few days. And if you use air filters or purifiers, do make sure to install a fresh, clean filter when spring begins to bloom.
Part of our team just returned from Austin, where we attended this year’s SXSW Interactive festival. During the weekend, our CEO Aleš pitched CubeSensors in the SXSW Accelerator competition, which attracted quite a bit of attention and got us into interesting meetings.
We met up with Robert Scoble, one of our early supporters, who included CubeSensors on his panel on Top Tech Innovation Trends for 2014. Wearables, connected homes and sensors are certainly a big hit this year, and there’s no better way of understanding how your environment affects your health than by placing our Cubes around your home or office.
Aleš also did a longer interview with Robert at the Rackspace Studio that you can watch below.
We also met the IPG Media Lab team that was scouting Austin for interesting trends and startups. Our Cubes were featured in their SXSW 2014 Recap and demoed in the short interview you can watch below.