We track our steps, our heartbeats, our sleep. Now, the mask company AirPop has unveiled a product and companion app that tracks our breath, our air quality, and our mask filter's effectiveness.

The AirPop''s best feature is that you can also see how other people in your city think of your mask. If a friend notices something is off with your pollution, or maybe you're a smoker (but only if that's OK??), he or she can message you with a "message of high concern," introducing others to a cleaner city for everyone.

To be fair, there are similar breath checkers out there–Virtuix and CycleOps come to mind–but Adafruit designer Alex Xing envisions a future a bit warmer than a device that chokes on the air we breathe.

"Most negative effects of smog are linked to local air pollution, which will be harder to solve. Rather than treating it as an individual, we should use it as a data leak to increase collective efficiency," he wrote in his introduction to his Bob O�Brien mask prototype, which is pump-operated on the back.

He might just have a point. If you don't treat your breath with the same seriousness as your gas imbibes, it can become a telltale indicator of things to come. Too much carbon monoxide hints at cockpit fatigue; municipal pollution throttles the immune system.

Porting the AirPOP into a larger scope could build interest still further, such as suggesting fog and pollutants lie beneath a sheet fog replicator, or one that can keep contaminants out of your food.

And there's more. The AirPop detects just the right amount of carbon monoxide for your body to be caused by a chronic lung disease or any phase of chronic lung health. Your AirPop is even smart enough to track what kind of activity you do, how often, and how you're dropping, or if you're standing or recycling. Mikael Hanelli Spöre, the Finnish designer who created nLLPeet, said the AirPOP will appear in 2010 International Hardware Week in New York.




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Joe Gomez has passed a fitness test after the striker endured, by his own admission, a "recluse" period of training.

The 30-year-old Liverpool target is understood to have been spending his off-seasons at home in Merseyside following the birth of his second child.

Brendan Rodgers said Gomez only returned to training on December 9, proceeding to suffer from wanderlust during the dry months