Air pollution is a growing menace. It poses a serious threat to health. It can cause severe damage to the lung and lead to infection. There have been growing voices to curb air pollution levels. The right use of technology can help in preventing exposure to air pollution. According to Google, Nest Hub will warn people about air pollution and smoke. Nest Hub is a smart speaker designed by the search engine giant. It will alert users about severe air pollution in their locality so that they can take measures to cut the exposure. Google said that Nest Hub’s new AQI badge will be initially available in the US market. The company will expand the feature to other markets soon.
Google said that the AQI badge has been added to the clock/weather widget. The company said that the AQI badge will help people in understanding the air quality in their vicinity. Google said that it is important for people to know the air quality so that they can take preventive measures. The feature will be helpful during wildfire season and poor weather. Google said that it has added AI information to the Ambient screen. The data about air pollution will come from the Environmental Protection Agency which rates on a scale from 0 to 500 in the country. According to the agency, 0 ratings is considered as the best air quality. When the value is high, it means that the pollution level is high.
Google said that Nest Hub will accept the voice command. Besides, it will alert users when the air quality deteriorates to a poor level. Sensitive groups can quickly learn about the air quality in their area. According to the WHO, air pollution can cause heart, lung, chronic respiratory, and more diseases. It badly affects the immune system and thus makes one vulnerable to infection. It claims that air pollution kills around 4.2 million people every year. The UN agency data shows that 9 in every 10 people today breathe air that is not healthy and contains high pollutants. The low and middle-income nations are worst affected by air pollution.