Magic Wand Appliance to Help Engage Popular Epidemiology


Available for Licensing

IP Status

US Utility Patent Pending


Steven J Simske
Bradley Reisfeld
Wes Anderson
Doreen E Martinez

At A Glance

Researchers at Colorado State University have developed a system that can, through specific sensors, collect gas, liquid, and solid samples from an environment for their reading to foster the movement toward “popular epidemiology.”  This platform will not only provide a means for collecting important data, but also engage and educate members in the community about pollution, associated adverse health effects, and their exposure environment.

Licensing Director

Mandana Ashouri

Reference No.:  2020-024


Popular epidemiology refers to the social movement, or mobilization of citizens around the goal of identifying and ameliorating environmental stressors and local illness patterns that are traditionally done by corporations, experts and officials.

With advances in pollution monitoring technologies, and the increasing popularity of mobile devices, social media, and cloud-based information sharing, there is a growing opportunity for individuals to participate in identifying and mitigating pollution and associated local illness patterns in their communities.

Benefits / Applications
  • System wirelessly transmits information in real time
  • Assists community members in understanding, responding, and reducing the pollutant concentrations to which they are exposed
  • Engages and educates members of the community
  • Environmental and health-care scientist can associate pollutant levels and local illness patterns
  • Increases optimal responses to health hazards in real time

Last updated: February 2020

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community health; citizen science, #communityhealth, #citizenscience