New app from Garrett Murray (who should be familiar to long-time readers):
Air quality has become an increasing concern for many people
around the globe. While stressing about it constantly isn’t
necessarily helpful, the goal of the Breathable widget is to
provide a quick, glanceable answer to a new daily question: Is it
safe to go outside?
Breathable can use AQI data from two services: IQAir.com and,
optionally, AirNow.gov (in the USA). Both of these services offer
free accounts and API access for personal use. Breathable uses the
United States Air Quality Index for all values world-wide.
The entire point of Breathable is to offer widgets — the app itself just lets you configure how the widgets look. Brilliantly simple, and in a way, fun, with its clever “emoji scale”. I started using it last week after Murray pinged me about it, but only because I was interested in the idea of a widget-only weather app — Philadelphia generally doesn’t have air quality issues. I should have known better. Turns out, the whole world now has air quality issues.
Breathable costs just $2, and Murray is donating a portion of the proceeds to foundations focused on climate change initiatives.
★ Wednesday, 21 July 2021