QingPing, the company behind the massively popular E-Ink temperature and humidity sensor we reviewed not so long ago, have a brand new product out that is once again aimed at monitoring the air conditions in the home, although in this case it’s designed to measure PM2.5, PM10, C02, as well as temperature and humidity levels.
Unlike the aforementioned E-Ink sensor, the new device, dubbed the QingPing Air Monitor Lite, utilises a single colour OLED screen, with almost retro-looking text for the main part of the display, which is 50 x 60mm (H x W). The total size of the device is 63.6 x 46 x 54.6mm (W x H x D). Above the main display are icons for battery levels, display mode, and WiFi signal, although it also uses Bluetooth 5.0 for connection to HomeKit apparently.
There’s also a separate colour LED strip above the display that changes colour depending on the quality of the air, with Sky Blue being the cleanest air, to Red meaning highly polluted. It uses a 2000mAh battery, so can be used without power for periods of time, and is powered or recharged via a USB-C port. To switch the display to show the different sensor readings, there’s an inset groove on the top of the device, with you simply having to sliding your finger along to do so, or simply tap on the groove itself to switch sensor readings.
Of course, one of the big points of interest here is HomeKit support, which is does indeed provide, as well as including support for Mi Home. Mi Home would be especially useful for those with Xiaomi Air Purifiers, that can be triggered via automations based on air quality from an independent source, although if you have an Air Purifier in HomKit, like the Vocolinc VAP1, then you can also do the same in HomeKit of course.
The QingPing Air Monitor Lite is currently listed on various AliExpress stores for around US$80.00, UK£63.00 plus shipping, although according to a QingPing representative, the Air Monitor Lite will not ship until next month, following a month-long round of crowdfunding via Youpin that starts tomorrow at 10am Beijing Time.