Researchers at Nagoya University have teamed with Panasonic Corp. to develop a small low-cost device that can detect and measure levels of PM 2.5 fine particulate pollutants, which have been a scourge in the skies over China and Japan in recent years.
Unveiled Aug. 5, the device will cost several thousands of yen (tens of dollars) to produce. Panasonic plans to install the device on air cleaners to go on sale in September.
The device was developed by a team led by Yutaka Matsumi, a professor of environmental studies at the university’s Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory.
"We will be able to detect and measure pollutants by installing the device in various locations in a city," Matsumi said. "We hope the devices will reveal the everyday things that are acting as a source of pollution and help people deal with the health effects."