We recently got in touch with Ali Rohafza Lead Product Designer from Altitude Tech to tell us about his project Sensly which has been prototyped by printing on an Ultimaker 3D printer. Sensly detects air pollution levels using onboard gas sensors which will then feed that information to your smartphone which could be very useful in the home but also in a wider application of using in large offices and workspaces that are not very well ventilated.
These are the stories that hit home on what is possible when people are coming up with ideas that they can then rapidly prototype thanks to 3D printing.
Air is essential to life; we can’t survive for long without it. The average person can only survive three minutes. Given the importance of air to life, our air quality is deteriorating due to the use of pollutants growing year on year.
Our team came together to solve this problem. We have a multidiscipline team that encompasses robotics, product design, marketing and embedded software engineering. These skill sets enable us to approach our problems in a holistic fashion, creating solutions that reflect the needs of customers. Together we asked ourselves the question: how do we get people caring about air quality? Our answer was to make it personal. To do this, we decided to use sensors to make air pollution tangible.
This was how Sensly was born.
Sensly is an indoor air quality sensor that uses onboard gas sensors to detect harmful compounds and uses the information gathered to give the user realtime feedback about the quality of their airthrough the user’s smart device. The air quality data that Sensly detects can be logged and shared to enable us to build up a picture of how our personal air quality changes over time. With this information people will be able to make informed decisions about how we can work together to improve the quality of our air. The Second type of customer is a Raspberry Pi mini computer owner and hobbyist. We developed a version of Sensly for the Raspberry Pi for people who want to use our technology in their personal projects.
Improve Your Air Quality With Air Filtering Houseplants
With Sensly, our smart indoor pollution sensor, one of its limitations is not being able to improve air quality by itself. It can only give readouts of gas levels. While making you aware of pollution levels is great, we want to offer some practical tips on how you can improve your home air quality with air filtering houseplants.
We stumbled across this fantastic infographic that shows the 18 best air filtering houseplants. The data behind why these houseplants are so beneficial are from a Study by NASA and the Associated Contractors of America. They wanted to discover which indoor plants are efficient at purifying the air. More information on the study can be found here.
In the study, it was discovered that some indoor plants were extremely useful in removing benzene, ammonia and formaldehyde from the air. This consequently helps to reduce the effects of sick building syndrome that you can read more about here.
This could be an easy, low-cost solution for improving your air quality within your home or workplace. If you do decide to add these plants to your home, we’d love to hear if you notice any differences in your health.