Urban Air

Every once in a while, a Microsoft Research app sneaks past our radar. Today that app is ‘Urban Air’ and it’s quite neat, but only if you’re in China.

China, needless to say, has a bit of a pollution problem that can have some deleterious effects on people’s health. Being able to see those alerts and conditions could be vital on how to plan your day. Luckily, you can now download this nifty little app to get a glance at the pollution level at that moment in various locations e.g. home and work. The app came out last month, but it recently had an update.

Microsoft Research puts out some intriguing little apps for Windows Phone with new technology that may eventually work its way into other products. For instance, yesterday we saw the release of ‘Time of My Life’, which helps you monitor where you spend your time during the day/week/month.

If you’re in China or travel there often, you can go pick Urban Air up here in the Windows Phone Store. It’s not region restricted, but it is only in Chinese (Edit: if you can find it in the menu, you can change it to English).

Thanks, Guy El K., for the tip

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