'Smart sensors' help plan daily routine
10 October 2013 Last updated at 00:54 BST
With more of a focus on the environment, we are demanding better information about levels of air pollution which may affect us.
The research division of chipmaker Intel is trialling cheap, internet-connected sensors to provide pollution 'heat maps'.
They can be used to give us valuable data on everything from planning a house purchase to where to run on the morning jog.
The BBC's North America technology correspondent Richard Taylor met one of the team behind the project.
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