How well do you really know your environment? Do you worry about whether or not your food is really organic or if you’re being exposed to potentially dangerous radiation levels? Well, a new product called Lapka might help you stop worrying and start knowing.
Called a “personal environment monitor,” the Lapka system is designed to work with your smartphone to give you a better and more complete picture of the world you interact with everyday. With 4 different sensors, you can learn about your immediate environment (your food, house, your apartment, even your office!) and make changes to improve the healthfulness of your space.
The sensor that most stands out to us is the organic detector. By measuring the levels of nitrates on your raw food, the probe can determine whether the food was produced using synthetic fertilizers or not. It can also test your drinking water for residues of those same fertilizers. Now you’ll be able to know whether or not what you’re eating is actually organic, regardless of the claim on the label!
Other sensors include radiation, electromagnetic fields, and humidity. You can spot potentially problematic levels of radioactivity in your living space, minimize your exposure to EMF by finding the lowest spot in the office, and maximize your comfort by monitoring and then finding ways to adjust the levels of humidity in your apartment.
Oh, and did we mention there’s going to be a corresponding app? The app will have two different modes: basic and abstract. The basic version will simply tell you whether the levels of the various elements being measured are acceptable or not. The abstract version will attempt to help you visualize vague concepts like radiation, incorporating pictures and motion to show the safety (or non-safety) of your space.
The system is slated for release later this year. We’re looking forward to trying it out and hoping that the company comes out with even more sensors to give us a better picture of the healthfulness of our environment.
What do you think about the system? How do you monitor your own personal environment? Talk to us in the comments below or over on Twitter.