By Nathan Rockshousen, Technical Writer
The human eye is a remarkable organ, but it lacks the ability to see some of the smaller particles in the world around us, such as germs, allergens, and other general pollutants. Water and air are two things that everyone interacts with on a daily basis, but how much do we really know about the quality of our air and water? Technological advancements with devices such as the Wynd, which can help consumers monitor air quality, and the Limpet, which assists users in monitoring water purity, have given peoplethe ability to be aware of the things they are exposed to in different environments.
Wynd: Encountering and breathing in various pollutants was once an inevitable part of consumer life. Most air purifiers are constricted to a home environment, leaving user’s vulnerable and unaware of unhealthy air outside of their home. The Wynd is a portable and small air purifier that is able to clean the air in the consumer’s personal space, ensuring clean air in any environment. This device is able to absorb ambient air, then diffuse the fresh, purified air into the user’s environment. The Wynd comes with a removable tracker that measures the different pollutants in the air, and notifies user’s if the air quality gets too bad. As more data is collected, the crowdsourced air quality map will help users avoid any areas where the air quality is hazardous. The air filter is able to get rid of almost any pollutant consumers may come across, and if the filter is worn out, the LED on the top of the device will notify the user and can even automatically order a new one.
Limpet: Whether it be lake water or ocean water, the purity of water is very difficult to tell from its appearance. The Limpet offers an affordable solution for monitoring any water that a consumer may encounter. This device attaches to anything that can go in the water, such as a boat or surfboard, and can tell the user how clean the water is. This is very beneficial for those who spend lots of time in the water because it will protect them from exposure to any hazardous conditions in the water around them. The Limpet is designed to protect the health of consumers, ensuring that every experience in the water is a good one.
These technologies are providing users with smart solutions for problems that once seemed unavoidable, simply because there was no convenient way of detecting these problems. Consumers are able to monitor and control their air quality and water purity with these cutting-edge devices, making it much easier to live a healthier life. These devices only compose a minute fraction of the Internet of Things (IoT), which means they are not alone in their capabilities to improve a consumer’s quality of life. The Wynd and Limpet are perfect examples of how the IoT is driven by innovation and creativity.