Product Review: Laser Egg 2+ from Kaiterra
Today’s product, the Laser Egg 2+ from Kaiterra, is a good example of an Internet of Things (IoT) device that provides relevant information and seamless integration. It’s not an industrial-grade tool, but you can use it to check your environment in a lab, home, or any other place. And although it’s not industrial grade, it can work parallel to monitoring devices in some areas.
So stick with me and let’s find out how the Laser Egg 2+ can help you monitor the air quality of your place!
Disclaimer: This product review examines only features, not performance. If you’ve used this device, feel free to share your experience in the comments. This content serves the purpose of providing information if you want a new device.
Whatcha got there?
The Laser Egg 2+ has a compact, modern design. It reminds me of Apple products or even those smart Phillips lights, you know? On top of that, the local display (2.6-inch full-color LCD) makes your data clear and easy to understand.
You don’t need any advanced setup, either. Just turn it on and it’ll start to measure immediately. However, it does have a menu button as well as a power button, if you want to poke that.
Although it has no industrial approvals, you might still use it to check humidity and temperature in your calibration lab. On the upside, it doesn’t cost much and powers up on a lithium battery with an estimated eight hours of juice. Also, you can charge it with a USB cable.
Beyond that, you can check all its data using an app, which gives you a good user interface to read the information online. It even provides historical graphs by minutes, hours, or days.
What can it do?
The Lase Egg 2+ can deliver a bunch of data regarding your air quality. It uses a laser-based scattering technique that independently counts particles in the air. As these particles enter the device, it calculates their concentrations based on all the measurements it takes. Also, the device can show you your air quality using an overall index developed by Kaiterra. This index combines total volatile organic compounds (TVOC) and particulate matter (PM2.5) concentrations.
So you can see on the display and app the TVOC, PM2.5, temperature, humidity, and a current weather forecast. Additionally, the device has a measurable particle size from 0.3 to 10 micrometers, a particle count of 0-65536 particles per 0.1 liter, a response time from 10 to 100 milliseconds, and an accuracy of +-10 percent.
Why should I care?
If you want a device to measure the air quality, temperature, and humidity of your room, then the Laser Egg 2+ might suit you. With your wifi (2.4 gigahertz) and the app, you can get all the data, history, and much more.
So far, the Laser Egg 2+ supports Apple HomeKit, and the vendor says that it will soon support IFTTT. If you use it in your network with the AC, air purifier, and humidifier, then you can have an automated system to control the air quality. You won’t need to bother turning the humidifier on and off, for example. In fact, you can even get Siri to help. Siri, what’s the air quality?
Indeed, the Laser Egg 2+ offers a bunch of advantages at a fairly good price. But where will you use it? I’d use it to measure the temperature and humidity in a lab or a control room with sensitive devices. I’d even use it at home, to find out how clean Berlin’s air really is!