New hayfever gadget warns of pollen hotspots
Nosee is a prototype sensor that is always on the look out for high pollen counts, wherever you happen to be.
It sends information about air quality and sneeze risk to an app, and if you can see it for all that mucus, you’ll know whether to stay indoors with a wet towel over your head.
Nosee is being developed by a digital design company in Birmingham called 383, and it uses a simple traffic light style system to warn you of an attack of the face squits.
It also asks you to tell it how you’re feeling: Sneezy, Itchy, Scratchy, Runny…(and all those others who failed the audition for the Seven Dwarves).
You can put Nosee outside, and it combines local air quality readings with pollen count data and weather forecasts from the Met Office, giving you more tailored and specific information about your personal pollen hell.
‘The daily pollen forecasts issued by the Met Office paint the country with broad strokes either of high, medium or low scores, but it's often specific locations or pollen types that cause the most irritating effects,’ says a spokesman for 383.
But what actually is Nosee? Is it an app? Is it a hand-held pollen thermostat? Well, as it’s a prototype, at the moment it could be anything. They think a Snotwatch would be nice, but maybe it would be more useful to embed the sensor into a hanky?