A smart new air monitoring device claims to connect to, well, practically everything. Called Awair, the device promises to monitor indoor air quality in real time, as well as learn your routines and communicate with other home devices.
The device was launched yesterday by parent company Bitfinder at the Code Conference event in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. The Awair can track several different air quality factors, including temperature, humidity, fine dust particles, CO2, and volatile organic compounds, toxic substances that can be emitted by building materials, furniture, and cooking activities. Those five data points are often associated with conditions as varied as headaches, fatigue, poor sleep, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs, the company said.
Customized Preferences, Automatic Alerts
The device also lets users customize their preferences by choosing from a variety of settings that indicate different lifestyle priorities, such as pregnancy, allergy, and sleep. Awair will then provide recommendations for lifestyle changes based on its analysis and the priority selected.
Bitfinder seems to be positioning the device squarely in the popular and smart-home sector by highlighting Awair’s high-tech bona fides. The monitor connects to your home or office Wi-Fi network, and can be accessed through an app on either a tablet or smartphone. Pairing a smartphone to Awair allows the monitor to ping users when they are away to inform them about changes in air quality. The device also works with the IFTTT platform, allowing users to set up other types of alerts or trigger automatic actions based on their recipes.
It can also analyze patterns in air quality changes throughout the day, such as a spike in CO2 levels at certain hours. It will also make recommendations on what actions the user can take to address air quality issues, such as purchasing a HEPA filter or opening windows at certain hours. It even promises to improve productivity by identifying environmental factors such as heat, humidity and CO2 levels that can hinder focus and concentration.
An IOT Air Monitor
Besides your smartphone or tablet, the Awair can also connect to a variety of other smart appliances with wireless communications capabilities, such as an air purifier, smart thermostat, humidifier, air filter, or a fan through its API, and coordinate activity between them to optimize air quality.
Awair can coordinate with other Internet of Things devices such as the Nest thermostat alarm by Google, or tracking devices such as the Misfit Shine. It can also communicate with home devices designed by Philips, such as Hue Smart Bulb.
The brainchild of CEO Ronald Ro and CTO Kevin Cho, Awair is the company’s first product. It is available for pre-order starting at $149, with plans for initial shipments to begin in early fall.