Source: Jeff Mosier, The Scoop Blog

Google Maps help drivers steer clear of traffic jams. A Richardson physics professor is leading an ambitious project to steer people clear of treacherous air. David Lary's, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, project includes plans to install wireless sensors that will feed air quality data to a network of computers. Software will then analyze the information, generate air quality maps and show the clearest routes.

This effort is using some of the technology created for the Array of Things project operated by the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. The lone string attached is that Lary and others who use the technology must make the data available to the public.