The foobot is a smart home device that detects indoor air pollution.
Futuristic yet simple look
VERY easy to setup in minutes
Beautiful app with easy to understand charts
Lots of data
Limited actionable advice
4.5 out of five stars – foobot is a fantastic gadget that blends into the background of your daily life while tracking the quality of air in your home. If you live in an area with poor air quality, have health conditions that rely on clean air or are fascinated with data about your home, the foobot is a must own device. The price is an obstacle but if you need this device, it provides great value with its data and warnings.
$199.00 – Visit foobot at SproutUp for more information and to purchase
Today’s tech gadgets include features such as virtual reality, 4k video quality or interactions that bend the mind and world around us. Other products create excitement with amazing YouTube action videos, buzzwords and super marketing campaigns. This is not one of those products. If tech gadgets were football players, the foobot would be an offensive lineman: dependable, solid, often unseen and under appreciated but always having your safety and protection in mind.
Remember the slogan of the old Ronco Rotisserie infomercials – “Set it and forget it”? That could easily apply to the foobot. About halfway through my trial period, a SproutUp rep asked me how life with the foobot was going and honestly, I forgot it was in the house.
Setup took two minutes as once you download the app, it walks you through account setup and connecting to your wireless internet. A nice feature is you can change the LED intensity, ranging from dim to super bright. If in a bedroom, it shines brighter than a night light and almost the illumination of a desk lamp. Luckily, you can set a timer on when you want the lights to be on or off during the day. You can even name your foobot – I went with the playful “Sassybot”.
The foobot app displays temperature, humidity, Carbon dioxide, particulate matter, volatile compounds and the Global Pollution Index, which is a general snapshot of your air’s overall quality. If you aren’t inclined to constantly monitor your air data, the foobot glows two bright colors: blue for when everything is good and orange when there may be an issue. Not only will the device glow when air quality has decreased, it can also send a notification to your phone so you can respond appropriately.
Like most smart home devices, the brilliance is in the app and the foobot is no exception. The app is clean with easy to read and understandable charts for each of the measured data points. You are able to review your statistics down to the minute or in week long segments. After cooking some sizzling and smokey meals, I found it interesting to see how quickly the air would fill with particulates and how long it took for the room to clear, even after the smells and smoke dissipated. Despite the claims of “Actionable advice”, the only advice the app gives you is to open a window when you pollute the air from cooking.
Since I live in a suburb outside of Washington, D.C., I tend to have relatively clean air most days. If you live in a polluted area where air quality varies day-to-day or you have breathing issues such as asthma where this information could be of significance, the foobot could fit nicely into your life.
This device was lent to me by SproutUp on behalf of foobot for my review. All content and opinions are my own without any influence by foobot or SproutUp. Please contact me with any questions you may have about this device or the SproutUp program.