Air Purifier Mini.

Client

People in areas with air pollution

Location

IL, USA

Year

2018

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Air pollution. PM2.5 refers to atmospheric particulate matter (PM) that have a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers, which is about 3% the diameter of a human hair. Some examples include dust, ash and sea-spray. PM2.5 means the mass per cubic metre of air of particles with a size (diameter) generally less than 2.5 micrometres (μm).

 

For this project, I will focus on people living in areas with periodically PM 2.5 weather as my user group. This product is designed for those who are unable to stay at a certain place with household air purifier throughout the PM 2.5 high risk periods.

What it is?

Air pollution. PM2.5 refers to atmospheric particulate matter (PM) that have a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers, which is about 3% the diameter of a human hair. Some examples include dust, ash and sea-spray. PM2.5 means the mass per cubic metre of air of particles with a size (diameter) generally less than 2.5 micrometres (μm).

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What is the cause?

Particulate matter (including soot) is emitted during the combustion of solid and liquid fuels, such as for power generation, domestic heating and in vehicle engines. industrial emissions, road vehicle, and non-smokeless fuels (heating).

Why do we need to filter it?

The biggest impact of particulate air pollution on public health is understood to be from long-term exposure to PM2.5, which increases the age-specific mortality risk, particularly from cardiovascular causes. Exposure to high concentrations of PM can also exacerbate lung and heart conditions, significantly affecting quality of life, and increase deaths and hospital admissions. Children, the elderly and those with predisposed respiratory and cardiovascular disease, are known to be more susceptible to the health impacts from air pollution.

How to protect yourself from PM 2.5?

1.  pm 2.5 preventive mask.

2.  Air purifier with a HEPA filter and activated carbon filters can effectively remove fine particles from the air.

Concentrations of air pollutants are generally higher in urban than rural areas. For PM2.5, there is a gradient in concentration across the country with higher concentrations found in the South East than other areas. Within cities, air quality tends to be worse close to busy roads, where poorer communities often live.

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Standard:

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User group

For this project, I will focus on working people living in areas with periodically PM 2.5 weather as my user group. This product is designed for those who are unable to stay at a certain place with household air purifier throughout the PM 2.5 high risk periods.

Improvements and ideations

In this project, I improved the traditional house use air purifier to a smaller, portable size to better fit in specific environments such as vehicles, workplaces, or bedrooms. In order to cover a large space in the house, the commonly seen air purifiers are huge, heavily sitting on the ground and difficult to move around with. Nevertheless, it is not always necessary to have such a large one. In smaller spaces, people would prefer a smaller air purifier to save spaces. A smaller air purifier is also easy to be carried around with. Whenever the user moves, he or she could take the portable air purifier with him or her. It is much more convenient to use than the ordinary air purifier if the user moves a lot. The design with a suction cup at the bottom of the product allows it attaching to any surfaces even upside-down. This feature becomes especially useful within the small and complicated interior spaces of vehicles. It can also prevent falling off from the jolt caused by a moving car. The fixed cord was replaced by a large powerful battery which could last 12 hours of continuous operation before the purifier needs to be charged for another round of use. This improvement increased the portability of the product which allows the user to have clean air around them anywhere he or she goes.

About Air Purifier Mini

  • Air Purifier Mini can cover a space up to 10 meter squares which is about the average size of a bedroom.

  • Air Purifier Mini can operate continuously up to 12 hours of the cord. After the electricity is used up, it requires a 2 hour period for charging to refill the battery. It can also be used unremittingly with the cord attached.

  • Air Purifier Mini adhere to any smooth surfaces despite of directions. The user can even adhere it to a mirror of in bathroom while taking a shower.

Goal

  • To reduce the harm to human bodies for people living in cities with PM 2.5 weather.

  • To truly ensure people having 24 hours unremitting refreshed clean air.

  • To work in all types of spaces under 10 meter squares.

Features

  • Space saving

  • Easy to use

  • Easy to be carried around

  • Fit in any environments

  • Can be used without cord

Brainstorming

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The Final Version

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Constructions

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Direction for use

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  • Touch to turn on

  • Touch bottom turns green when it is on, turns grey when it is off, and turns red when it is out of power.

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  • Charge with its charger when it is out of power

  • Charge port on the lower back of the product

Foam model

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Senarios

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Color options

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Three color options are provided for customers to choose based on their favors. Blue and green are the two major color components of nature which give a sense of clean and fresh feeling to it. The warm khaki color gives a warm and cozy feeling, which is good to be used at home.