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Brief Published: 24 Nov 2017

Rubix: Device Detects Sound and Pollution


French start-up Rubix has created three smart sensing devices that interpret sound waves and air molecules to detect the presence of gas, mould and suspicious noises. 

The first, the Rubix Pod, is designed to be used in indoor spaces such as offices, hotels or restaurants. The Pod has in-built sensors to analyse the surrounding environment, comparing it to a bank of odour, particle and sound profiles. Detecting temperature, humidity, light, noise, air quality, particles and vibrations, it can alert office workers or restaurant-goers to allergens and toxins in their environment.

In conjunction with the Pod, Rubix has created two products for outdoor spaces – designed to be used in larger open settings such as an industrial site or urban centre. These outdoor products are also able to detect gas, with the capacity to warn companies in the event of a gas leak or of the presence of hazardous chemicals.

Rubix products have received interest from countries around the world, with Thailand’s capital Bangkok expected to install 50 sensors in its city centre to better monitor and manage pollution and air quality. Meanwhile, authorities in Los Angeles have expressed an interest in Rubix products due to their ability to accurately decipher the sounds of 67 different weapons. 

Rubix plans to expand the technology’s application by embedding its sensors into a wearable device, allowing users to monitor the freshness of the food they consume as well as local air quality.

Read Tomorrow’s Tech Aids for more on how digital innovation is aiding everyday activity, and Brizi: Protecting Babies from Pollution for an air-filtering cushion and sensor that alerts parents to the presence of harmful pollutants.