Fighting Pollution With IoT And Fashion

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With more than 5.5 million deaths every year, air pollution has become a major global health challenge. In 2015, India and China saw around 1.1 million premature deaths each as a result of pollution. Consequently, deaths from exposure to PM2.5 pollution – particulate matter less than 2.5 millionths of a meter in diameter – is now the fifth-highest cause of death, killing more people than obesity.

Efforts are being made to reduce air pollution, such as switching to clean energy sources and government regulations. Beijing has made some improvements by banning cars and temporarily shutting down schools and factories. Nevertheless, the problem remains, but now IoT has entered the fray to find a solution.

One such solution is the French-made WAIR scarf, the first anti-pollution scarf, combining IoT technology with fashion. WAIR promises to block out more allergens, bacteria, and other particulates related to toxic air pollution than conventional surgical masks. In addition, the IoT-enabled scarf provides fresh air to help you breathe.

How The WAIR Scarf Works

WAIR scarf

At first sight, the WAIR is a simple scarf, but once worn as a mask, it’s a flexible, sturdy and fashionable anti-pollution mask.

The WAIR has a multilayer filter that blocks particulates at PM>0.1, including pollen, gasses, and bacteria, thus filtering out 99% of all pollutants. The scarf is also equipped with tiny battery-powered fans to produce fresh air. It’s modular, which means that you can replace the filter, detach the tech, and wash the scarf.

The mask has sensors that monitor the air and transmits the data to the accompanying app, which lets you plan your route through the city based on pollution levels. The app, aptly named SUPAIRMAN, provides real-time information on the air quality where you are. If you find yourself in a heavily polluted area, the app tells you to put on the mask. The app also notifies you when it’s time to replace the filter.

WAIR app

The WAIR is available for pre-order on their website and comes in various colors, sizes, and designs. While the conventional and rather ugly anti-pollution mask is largely ineffective against air pollution, the WAIR provides superior protection with style.

How To Build Your Own With HWTrek Experts

For Creators seeking to build an anti-pollution mask similar to the WAIR, we have a range of expertise and resources on HWTrek that can assist you in going from concept to market deployment.

WAIR scarf

Anti-pollution mask

The WAIR is essentially an anti-pollution mask disguised as a fashionable scarf. On HWTrek there’s expertise on high-functioning fiber materials for anti-pollution textiles, with AFC at the forefront. AFC has more than four decades of experience in this field. Get in touch with their representative on HWTrek to learn more.

Wearable battery

To power the built-in fans, as well as the sensors, the WAIR has wearable batteries. For this type of solution, we recommend City Bright, which provides lithium-ion/polymer batteries to a range of industries. Contact their representative on HWTrek to find out more.

Air quality sensors

The WAIR has sensors that monitor air quality and transmits data to the app. For Experts with know-how in this area, we recommend Winsen Electronics Technology and Sandat Electronics. They both have solid expertise on sensors that can monitor toxic gasses and general air quality. Shoot them a message to learn more.

Air filter

Once you wear the mask, the WAIR filters out 99% of all pollutants. For expertise on air filters, we suggest contacting Jetchamp Air Filters. They design and manufacture air filters for the pharmaceutical, food, and health industries. For more info, send a message to their representative on HWTrek.

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