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Brief Published: 18 Jun 2015

Awair: Smart Air Monitor

Awair is an internet-connected device that monitors indoor air quality, providing consumers with the knowledge required to create a healthier environment.

It is the first launch from San Francisco-based tech start-up Bitfinder and is based on research that suggests air quality indoors is often worse than it is outside, having a direct impact on health and productivity. Look to Urban Defence for more on growing consumer concerns around air quality.

The device monitors the air for five potentially harmful components – CO2, dust, toxic chemicals, temperature and humidity. It measures these against the ideal air qualities for different needs, as set within Awair's six profiles, which include Allergy, Productivity and Sleep.

The information is transferred to the accompanying app, which offers prompts to help improve the conditions, such as opening a window to reduce CO2 levels and promote productivity. It can also link directly with other air-related devices connected to the Internet of Things, such as a thermostat or humidifier – enabling users to adjust settings through the Awair app in response to a prompt from the monitor. Over time, the device will learn from a user's preferences and routines for a more personalised and intuitive experience.

The subtle, reduced design features a solid wood surround. As spotted at International CES earlier this year, warm tones and natural finishes are becoming increasingly popular in consumer electronics – confirming predictions from our 2015: Look Ahead of a considered approach to technology design for unobtrusive results.

As identified in our Autumn/Winter 2016-17 Design Direction Restore, wellbeing is now a key driver for many consumers, who are looking inwardly towards the self and the home. For more on this trend across the consumer industries, see Compressed Calm, Wellness Worlds and Wellness Retailing.

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