Frequently
Asked
Questions

This FAQ section is a way for us to share answers to frequently asked questions with the worldwide AirCasting community. If you have a question and don’t see your answer here, please email us at info@habitatmap.org so we can continue to expand and share our knowledge base.

AIRBEAM2 PURCHASING & SHIPPING

I need my AirBeam2s as soon as possible; does HabitatMap offer expedited shipping?

Yes, email us at info@habitatmap.org with the following information and we will invoice you accordingly: 1) How many AirBeam2s would you like to order? 2) What is your shipping address? 3) Do you prefer to pay by check, wire transfer, or credit card (via PayPal)? 4) By what date would you like to receive your AirBeam2s?

I prefer not to pay using a credit card; can I purchase AirBeams via wire transfer or check?

Yes, email us at info@habitatmap.org with the following information and we will invoice you accordingly: 1) How many AirBeam2s would you like to order? 2) What is your shipping address? 3) Do you prefer to pay by check or wire transfer? Note that foreign checks must be denominated in US dollars.

Can I purchase AirBeams using a credit card but have the payment processed by a vendor other than PayPal?

We only accept credit card payments via PayPal. Note that you do not need a PayPal account in order to purchase AirBeams via PayPal.

Can I purchase AirBeams via purchase order?

No, HabitatMap does not accept purchase orders.

Can I Purchase AirBeams using foreign currency?

No, HabitatMap only accepts payment in US dollars.

RECORDING MEASUREMENTS WITH AIRBEAM2

How accurate is the AirBeam2?

AirBeam2 is “quite accurate” according to the performance evaluation conducted by South Coast Air Quality Management District’s AQ-SPEC lab. Another AirBeam2 performance evaluation, conducted by researchers at NYU School of Medicine, also found that the PM2.5 measurements from the AirBeam2 closely matched those from a collocated reference instrument.

Is the AirBeam2 suitable for outdoor installations?

Yes, the AirBeam2 is designed to go wherever you go, unless you’re going underwater : ) When cycling or driving, face the AirBeam2 intake and exhaust ports (the perforations located between the wavy edges) away from your direction of travel to minimize wind interference.

Can I walk/bike/drive with the AirBeam2 and measure my personal exposure to air pollution?

Yes, the AirBeam2 is designed to go wherever you go, unless you’re going underwater : ) When cycling or driving, face the AirBeam2 intake and exhaust ports (the perforations located between the wavy edges) away from your direction of travel to minimize wind interference.

What’s the best way to monitor the air quality in my home/workplace/school to determine when I should keep the windows closed or open them up to improve the air quality?

Buy two AirBeam2s, configure them both to record fixed sessions, and place one inside and the other outside. Keep tabs on the particulate matter measurements in real-time using the AirCasting app or website. When the air quality is better outside than inside, open your windows. When the air quality is better inside than outside, keep your windows closed.

What level of fine particulate matter exposure is considered dangerous?

Long-term exposure to fine particulate matter or PM2.5 has been linked to a range of health problems including asthma and respiratory inflammation, lung cancer, heart attack, and stroke. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency establishes the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and Air Quality Index (AQI) on the best science available, which typically uses averaging time periods of 24 hours or longer when examining PM2.5 data and relating it to health outcomes. The AirCasting app and website uses the NAAQS standards for PM2.5 exposure and the AQI to relate colors to measurements: 0-12 ug/m3 is green, 13-35 ug/m3 is yellow, 36-55 ug/m3 is orange, and 55-150 ug/m3 is red. (The relationship between colors and measurements can be changed inside the AirCasting app and website.) These ranges/colors roughly correspond to increased health risks as the concentration of PM2.5 in the environment rises. However, there are some big caveats that should be noted. First, data shows that health effects occur at levels well below current regulatory thresholds, especially for the most toxic aerosols, like those from diesel exhaust. Second, as mentioned, most health studies have primarily examined long-term exposures to air pollution, not short-term exposures, leaving the potential health implications of such exposures unclear. Current health studies are only just beginning to establish the relationships between short-term exposures to fine and ultra-fine particles and health effects, including blood inflammation and increased likelihood of heart attack. Third, because the AirBeam2 does not meet the US government’s performance or quality assurance requirements (there are no Federal Equivalency Method or Federal Reference Method low-cost, mobile instruments for measuring PM2.5 on the market) this introduces uncertainty in the interpretation of the AirBeam2’s particle measurements.

GETTING STARTED WITH AIRBEAM2

What do I need to get started with the AirBeam2?

(o) A fully charged AirBeam2. You’ll know it’s fully charged when the green charging indicator turns off.
(o) An Android phone or tablet. For advice on what Android device’s work best see “What Android devices work best with the AirCasting app?” [insert link to appropriate Q&A]
(o) Access to Google Play to download the AirCasting app. Certain Android devices, like those made by Amazon, do not have access to the Google Play store.
(o) A cellular or WiFi connection for your Android device.
(o) If you plan to record a fixed-WiFi session, you’ll need access to a wireless router with a 2.4 GHz band.
(o) If you plan to record a fixed-cellular session, you’ll need a SIM card that provides 2G service and access to a 2G cellular network.

What do colored LEDs on the AirBeam2 mean?

The AirBeam2 has two LEDs. One serves as the battery-charging indicator and the other serves as the connection indicator. The battery-charging indicator is located closest to the USB charging port. When it’s green, the battery is charging and when it turns off the battery is fully charged. The connection indicator is located closest to the power button. Red indicates the AirBeam2 is getting set-up, green indicates that it’s ready to be configured, blue indicates it’s getting the time (this is only for fixed sessions), white indicates it’s sending data, and blinking red indicates the AirBeam2 is disconnected from the Android device (this is only for mobile sessions). Note that after glowing white for two minutes to indicate that the AirBeam2 is successfully sending data, the connection indicator will turn off to conserve battery power. Also note that the AirBeam2 has a configuration window of 50 seconds after which the AirBeam2 will default to its previously selected configuration.

I can configure the AirBeam2 to record a mobile or fixed session; what’s the difference and how do I know which recording mode best fits my needs?

If you plan on moving around with the AirBeam2 while recording air quality measurements, configure the AirBeam2 to record a mobile session. When recording a mobile AirCasting session, measurements are created, timestamped, and geolocated once per second. If you plan to leave the AirBeam2 indoors or hang it outside then configure it to record a fixed session. When recording fixed AirCasting sessions, measurements are created and timestamped once per minute and geocoordinates are fixed to a set location. Fixed-WiFi sessions send data to the AirCasting website via the 2.4 GHz band of your wireless router. Fixed-cellular sessions send data to the AirCasting website via the 2G cellular network. There are three primary differences between fixed and mobile sessions: 1) The averaging time interval for mobile sessions is one-second, whereas the averaging time interval for fixed sessions is one-minute; 2) geocoordinates are updated every second when recording a mobile session, whereas geocoordinates are never updated when recording a fixed session; and 3) measurements are communicated to the AirCasting Android app via Bluetooth when recording a mobile session, whereas measurements are communicated directly to the AirCasting website via either the WiFi network or cellular network when recording a fixed session.

Once I setup my AirBeam2 and connect it to the AirCasting app, is it constantly recording measurements or do I need to configure it each time I want to use it?

If you want to record a mobile session and you’re device is not already connected to the AirCasting app, you’ll need to connect it. You’ll know your AirBeam2 is connected to your Android device when you see five grey circles stacked on top of one another inside the AirCasting app Dashboard. Press the record button in the upper right hand corner to begin recording a mobile AirCasting session. Once you configure an AirBeam2 to record a fixed session, it will send data to the AirCasting website every minute until you turn it off. When recording a fixed session, the measurements are communicated once a minute to the AirCasting website via your wireless router or the cellular network. Your Android device no longer needs to be in proximity to the AirBeam2 as it’s retrieving the data from the web via the Android device’s WiFi or cellular connection.

I want to record a fixed-WiFi session; how can I figure out whether my WIFI network is 2.4 GHz?

All wireless routers have a 2.4 GHz band, however, you’re wireless router’s 2.4 GHz band might not be setup. Many newer routers are dual band, offering both 2.4 GHz and 5GHz bands. If you have a dual band router, make sure the 2.4 GHz band is setup and the AirBeam2 is accessing that band when configuring the AirBeam2 to record a fixed-WiFi session.

I want to record a fixed-cellular session; how can I figure out whether the SIM card I inserted into the AirBeam2 has access to the 2G network.

Many low cost carriers, like Ting, offer cheap SIM cards and low-cost month-to-month cellular service. Check with your cellular provider to find out if they offer 2G service. If they do offer 2G service, check their coverage maps to see if they offer 2G service in your location.

I previously configured my AirBeam2 to record a fixed session; how do I continue streaming (adding measurements) to that same fixed session?

If you haven’t reconfigured your AirBeam2 then simply turn it on and it will load the last selected configuration and continue streaming under the same session title. If you subsequently reconfigured the AirBeam2, navigate to the Sessions screen, tap the title of the fixed session you want to continue, tap “Continue Streaming”, and navigate through the configuration decision tree.

Can I collect data using an Android device without a cellular data connection?

The AirCasting app can record the AirBeam measurements and sync your session data over WiFi without need for a cellular data plan. The only thing that won't work is that the map tiles inside the app won't load when you’re away from WiFi and without a data plan. You don't have to do anything special; just use the app as you normally would. The only challenge to not having the map tiles is that it's difficult to confirm that you have an accurate GPS fix. Here is what we suggest, since you won't have cellular service. 1) When you have access to WiFi confirm that your location is accurate on the map. If it's not accurate get outside if you can, if that's not possible, then place your phone near a window. 2) Once you've confirmed your location is accurate, zoom in on the map until the screen shows only your immediate blocks. 3) Once you've stepped outside and started recording, make sure the colored dots displayed on the screen create a trail. If the dots are being layed down directly on top of one another you don't have a proper GPS fix as it's not registering your movement.

The WiFi network that my AirBeam2 was connected to went down temporarily. Now that the WiFi network is up again, do I need to do anything to get my AirBeam2 streaming again?

Once you configure an AirBeam2 to record a fixed session, it will send data to the AirCasting website every minute until you turn it off. You don't need to do anything if the WiFi connection is dropped. Simply restore the WiFi signal and the data will continue streaming.

What Android devices work best with the AirCasting app?

Your Android device needs to come equipped with Bluetooth and GPS and have access to the Google Play store. (Certain Android devices, like those made by Amazon, do not have access to the Google Play store.) In addition, it’s best to use an Android device with 2GB of RAM or more. Mobile AirBeam measurements are stored in RAM. Since the AirBeam2 records 300 data points a minute when operating in mobile mode, this adds up fast. The more RAM your Android device has, the longer it will be able to record a mobile AirCasting session before filling up and crashing the app. (Don’t worry if this happens, your data will be saved before the app crashes.) Beyond suggesting Android devices with sufficient RAM, we also recommend buying Android devices that cost $100 or more because you get what you pay for. The price of an Android device is frequently a better indicator of compatibility with the AirCasting app than the hardware and software specifications alone because more expensive Android devices are generally better built. If you plan to buy multiple Android devices, buy one device and test thoroughly with the AirCasting app before buying multiples.

How much data is consumed when sending AirBeam2 data over cellular?

Approximately 450 megabytes per month.

How much power is consumed by the AirBeam2 when it’s plugged in and running?

When powered and running 24/7, the AirBeam consumes less than a nickel’s worth of electricity in a month.

AIRBEAM2 & AIRCASTING APP TROUBLESHOOTING

Why won’t my AirBeam2 connect to my Android device?

(o) Is the Android device’s Bluetooth on?
(o) Did you first pair the AirBeam2 to your Android device via the Android device’s Bluetooth settings?
(o) After powering on the AirBeam2, did you wait until the “connection indicator” turned from red to green before immediately pressing “Configure AirBeam2”? If not, turn off your AirBeam and press “Configure AirBeam2” immediately after the “connection indicator” turns from red to green.
(o) Is the AirBeam fully charged? If not, turn it off, fully charge it, and try again.
(o) Does the unique identifier of the AirBeam2 match the AirBeam2 you selected from the list of “Available Devices”? If you have multiple AirBeam2s, we recommend labeling them with the last 4 characters of their unique identifier to avoid any confusion when connecting AirBeam2s to Android devices.

Why can’t I record a mobile session with my AirBeam2?

Did you press the record button located in the upper right hand corner of the AirCasting app. You’ll know you’re recording when the grey circles take on color.

What’s the difference between a fixed-cellular session and a fixed-WiFi session?

A fixed-WiFi session communicates data via the 2.4 GHz WiFi network. A fixed-cellular session communicates data via the 2G cellular network and requires the insertion of an activated SIM card.

Why can’t I record a fixed-WiFi session with my AirBeam2?

(o) Are you attempting to connect the AirBeam2 to a firewall protected 2.4 GHz network? The AirBeam2 cannot connect to 5 GHz WiFi networks or those with firewalls, like most public WiFi networks or those at schools and universities.
(o) Did you enter the correct password? Double check to make sure your Android device isn’t auto-correcting your entry to the wrong password.
(o) Is the Android device’s Bluetooth on?
(o) Did you first pair the AirBeam2 to your Android device via the Android device’s Bluetooth settings?
(o) After powering on the AirBeam2, did you wait until the “connection indicator” LED turned from red to green before immediately pressing “Configure AirBeam2”? If not, turn off your AirBeam and press “Configure AirBeam2” immediately after the “connection indicator” LED turns from red to green
(o) Is the AirBeam fully charged? If not, turn it off, fully charge it, and try again.
(o) Does the unique identifier of the AirBeam2 match the AirBeam2 you selected from the list of “Available Devices”? If you have multiple AirBeam2s, we recommend labeling them with the last 4 characters of their unique identifier to avoid any confusion when connecting AirBeam2s to Android devices.
(o) Is your Android device connected to the Internet via cellular or WiFi?

Why can’t I record a fixed-cellular session with my AirBeam2?

(o) Did you open the enclosure, push down and lift up the SIM card slot, slide in an active SIM card, and properly close the SIM card slot?
(o) The AirBeam2 sends cellular data via the 2G network. Does your SIM card grant access to a 2G network?
(o) You may not have 2G reception where you are; try moving to another location.
(o) Is the Android device’s Bluetooth on?
(o) Did you first pair the AirBeam2 to your Android device via the Android device’s Bluetooth settings?
(o) After powering on the AirBeam2, did you wait until the “connection indicator” LED turned from red to green before immediately pressing “Configure AirBeam2”? If not, turn off your AirBeam and press “Configure AirBeam2” immediately after the “connection indicator” LED turned from red to green.
(o) Is the AirBeam fully charged? If not, turn it off, fully charge it, and try again.
(o) Does the unique identifier of the AirBeam2 match the AirBeam2 you selected from the list of “Available Devices”? If you have multiple AirBeam2s, we recommend labeling them with the last 4 characters of their unique identifier to avoid any confusion when connecting AirBeam2s to Android devices.
(o) Is your Android device connected to the Internet via cellular or WiFi?

What happens if an AirBeam2 recording a fixed session accidently gets unplugged?

AirBeam2 includes an internal battery so it will continue operating for approximately ten hours before shutting down for lack of power. Note that when the battery is less than half charged, AirBeam2 cannot operate and charge at the same time. If you’re AirBeam2 is recording a fixed session when it accidently gets unplugged (and if you suspect the battery is less than half charged) then turn off your AirBeam, plug it back in, and wait for it to fully charge before turning it back on.

What happens if my phone goes to sleep, the screen turns off, or I navigate out of the AirCasting app?

Nothing happens. If you’re recording a mobile session, the AirBeam2 will remain connected to the Android device and your data will continue to be recorded. If you’re recording a fixed session, the streams on your dashboard will update when you access the app again.

How do I know if my AirBeam2 fixed AirCasting session has stopped streaming?

Inside the AirCasting app, navigate to “Settings” and check “Dormant stream alert”. If your AirBeam2 stops streaming you will receive an email alert.

I’m having trouble creating a profile or logging in to the AirCasting app; what might I be doing wrong?

(o) Is your Android device connected to the Internet via cellular or WiFi?
(o) Is the email address you’re using to create a profile linked to a previously created AirCasting profile?
(o) Did you forget your password? If so, use the forgot password feature to reset your password.

The temperature and relative humidity measurements from my AirBeam2 don’t match the temperature and relative humidity measurements from my home weather station, why?

AirBeam2 measures the temperature and relative humidity inside the AirBeam2 enclosure. These measurements are accurate but they are not representative of the ambient temperature and relative humidity.

Why does the AirCasting app keep crashing?

We are committed to making the AirCasting app work on as many Android devices as possible. The challenge is, there are thousands of Android devices on the market and we only have the resources to buy and test a small fraction of them for compatibility with the AirCasting app. If the AirCasting app is crashing on your device please email us at info@habitatmap.org and let us know what screen you were on and what you were doing when the app crashed. This will help us zero in on the problem. Having said that, there are some Android devices we can’t support. If your Android device can’t smoothly run the Google Maps app then it won’t be possible for us to optimize the AirCasting app for your device.

INTERFACING WITH THE AIRCASTING APP & WEBSITE

How can I monitor noise and measure sound levels using the AirCasting app?

Launch the AirCasting app and tap “Connect phone mic”. Then press the record button located in the upper right hand corner of the AirCasting app. You’ll know you’re recording when the grey circle takes on color.

How can I search for and find my sessions on the AirCasting website?

Navigate to the AirCasting maps page and use the search filters.

What is an AirCasting session?

An AirCasting session is defined by the period of time during which measurements are recorded. Mobile sessions begin when you press the start recording button inside the AirCasting app and end when you press the stop recording button. Fixed AirCasting sessions begin when the first measurement is communicated to AirCasting website and do not have a set end time, i.e. fixed sessions that have stopped sending new measurements to the AirCasting website can be continued at anytime once new measurements are sent.

What is a mobile AirCasting session? What is a fixed AirCasting session? What is the difference between mobile and fixed AirCasting sessions?

When recording a mobile AirCasting session, measurements are created, timestamped, and geolocated once per second. When recording fixed AirCasting sessions, measurements are created and timestamped once per minute and geocoordinates are fixed to a set location. There are three primary differences between fixed and mobile sessions: 1) The averaging time interval for mobile sessions is one-second, whereas the averaging time interval for fixed sessions is one-minute; 2) geocoordinates are updated every second when recording a mobile session, whereas geocoordinates are never updated when recording a fixed session; and 3) measurements are communicated to the AirCasting Android app via Bluetooth when recording a mobile session, whereas measurements are communicated directly to the AirCasting website via either the WiFi network or cellular network when recording a fixed session.

Why are my mobile AirCasting sessions not appearing on the AirCasting website?

(o) Have you signed in or created a profile yet? If not, do so by tapping the menu icon in the upper left hand corner of the AirCasting app, then press “Create Profile or Log In”?
(o) Is your Android device connected to the Internet via the WiFi or cellular network? If not, you’ll need to connect your Android to the Internet then navigate to the sessions screen and pull down to sync your sessions from the AirCasting app to the AirCasting website.
(o) Navigate to the sessions screen and pull down to sync your sessions from the AirCasting app to the AirCasting website.
(o) When you were recording a session, was the phone’s “location services” on and in “high accuracy” mode? Sessions without geocoordinates can’t be synced to the AirCasting website.

Why is the location of my measurements wrong on the map?

Did you confirm your location was accurate on the map before starting to record? To do this, tap a stream on the dashboard, select “Map”, and then tap the target icon in the lower right hand corner to center the map on top of your current location. If you’re inside, try going outside.

What is the sessions list?

The sessions list is arrayed horizontally along the bottom of the AirCasting maps page. The sessions list contains all the sessions that match your current search criteria.

What is the CrowdMap and how does it work?

The CrowdMap averages together all the measurements from all the sessions listed on the sessions list and displays these averages as colored grid cells. The color of each grid cell corresponds to the average intensity of all the measurements recorded in that area. To view the CrowdMap navigate to AirCasting maps page, search for the sessions you want to visualize on the CrowdMap, then under “CrowdMap” click “on”. If you’d like to increase or decrease the size of the CrowdMap grid cell size, adjust the “grid cell size” slider. Click on a grid cell to view the underlying data. To load more sessions into the CrowdMap, scroll to the end of the sessions list and click “more sessions”.

What is the heat legend?

The heat legend is located at the bottom of the AirCasting maps page. It displays the correspondence between colors and measurement values.

How do I change the relationship between colors and measurement values on the heat legend?

To change the relationship between colors and measurements, adjust the sliders on the heat legend located at the bottom edge of the screen or update the values in the boxes that define the lower and upper range. To fit the scale to the session data measurements, click the connected up/down arrows at the bottom right hand corner of the screen. To switch to a monochrome blue color scheme, click the blue dots at the far end of the heat legend.

SHARING YOUR DATA & DATA PRIVACY

Who owns my AirCasting data?

You own your AirCasting data. Share it, CrowdSource it, export it, delete it, API it! It's all yours and your contributions have made AirCasting one of the largest open-source databases of community-collected air quality measurements ever created.

How can I share a link to my AirCasting sessions?

On the AirCasting website, to share a link to a specific map view and sessions list, click the blue and white link button at the bottom of the search filters. To share a link to a single session, click the blue and white link button inside the single session view window that displays the session graph. To share a link to a session from inside the AirCasting app, navigate to the sessions screen > tap a session > tap “Share” > tap “Share link”.

How do I export my AirCasting session data?

On the AirCasting website maps page, search for the session or sessions you’d like to download using the search filters. After you’ve narrowed the number of sessions on the sessions list, click the blue and white button located at the bottom of the search filters reading “export sessions”, enter your email address, and click “export”. Note that this will export all the sessions loaded to the sessions list; the greater the number of sessions and the more data points each session contains, the longer it will take to receive the email. To export data for a single session using the AirCasting website, select a session, then click the blue and white button reading “export session” located inside the single session view. To export data for a single session via the AirCasting app, navigate to the sessions screen > tap a session > tap “Share” > tap “Share file”. Note that the email with your session data is likely to end up in your email spam folder. To avoid this, add “noreply@aircasting.org” to your list of email contacts. For privacy reasons, we do not keep a record of email addresses entered.

I exported session files via the AirCasting app / AirCasting website, but I never received an email with the files attached, what happened?

(o) Did you check your spam folder? The email with your session data is likely to end up in your email spam folder. To avoid this, add “noreply@aircasting.org” to your list of email contacts.
(o) Is your Android device connected to the Internet via the WiFi or cellular network? Make sure it is and then navigate to the sessions screen and pull down to sync your sessions from the AirCasting app to the AirCasting website so your session files can be shared.

How do I access the AirCasting API?

The AirCasting API documentation is on GitHub.

How do I keep my location data private?

The AirCasting app has several features that enable location data to remain private. AirCasters can “disable maps” in the app settings, which turns off GPS tracking. When AirCasters record data with the GPS disabled, the data never leaves the Android device and is never synced to our servers. AirCasters can elect to save their data to the AirCasting server but not contribute it to the “CrowdMap”. This means the data can only be viewed on the website via a link that you generate inside the app when signed in. AirCasters can also elect to send the data from the app directly to their own server, entirely bypassing the AirCasting server, see “Backend settings” under “Settings”. In addition, when recording fixed indoor sessions, GPS coordinates are never logged.

Is HabitatMap and AirCasting compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation?

Both the AirCasting app and the HabitatMap/AirCasting website are compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Specifically, we recognize that users have the following rights: a right to portability of your personal data; a right to obtain restriction of your personal data’s processing; a right to obtain erasure of your personal data; and a right not to be subject to an automated individual decision. HabitatMap will never collect any personally identifiable information about you through the AirCasting app or website unless you have provided it to us voluntarily, nor will we use any information gleaned from your Android device to market to you or pass your information to any third party. Our complete privacy policy is available here.

GENERAL

How is HabitatMap supported?

HabitatMap is a not-for-profit organization supported by contributions from individual donors, government & foundation grants, and AirBeam sales. Past funders include Lush Cosmetics Charity Pot, Knight Foundation through a partnership between HabitatMap and Sonoma Technology; the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation through a partnership between HabitatMap and Newtown Creek Alliance and HabitatMap and UPROSE; the US EPA through a partnership between HabitatMap and Sustainable South Bronx; the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund of the New York Community Trust through a partnership between HabitatMap and New York Hall of Science; the Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network through a partnership between HabitatMap, Parsons the New School for Design, and New York Hall of Science; NIEHS, EPA, and HHS through a partnership between HabitatMap and researchers and engineers from New York University and Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE lab; New York State Pollution Prevention Institute through a partnership between HabitatMap and New York Hall of Science; the Grey Area Arts Foundation through a partnership between HabitatMap, Sonoma Technology, and AethLabs; and Google Earth Outreach.

Creating the AirBeam and AirCasting platform must have required a substantial and sustained effort; who helped HabitatMap Founder & Executive Director, Michael Heimbinder, bring these technologies to reality?

There are dozens of people who contributed time and effort to make the AirBeam and AirCasting a reality. In particular, we’d like to thank Lunar Logic for coding the AirCasting website and app, Raymond Yap - adjunct professor of Computer Engineering at City Tech - for prototyping AirCasting hardware and firmware, Consequence of Innovation for designing the HabitatMap website, and Jaycon Systems for manufacturing the AirBeam and fulfilling AirBeam orders.

Is there an AirCasting app for Apple’s iOS?

Due to financial constraints, we have yet to develop a version of the AirCasting app for iOS, however, we would very much like to. If you’d like to help us bring an iOS app to fruition, please consider making a donation. So that we know your donation is earmarked for AirCasting iOS app dvelopment, please write “iOS development” in the notes when making your donation. When we reach $50k in iOS development donations we will begin coding the app.

Where can I find the open source code repositories for the AirCasting Android app and AirCasting website and the open source files for the AirBeam2 firmware, enclosure, and PCB schematics?

The AirCasting app and website code is on GitHub as is the AirBeam2 Firmware and the electronic schematics for the AirBeam2. The STL files for 3D printing the AirBeam2 enclosure can be downloaded from Shapeways.