SORA

Smart Air Quality Monitor

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    Vision
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    Air pollution affects everyone in the world. 7 million deaths annually are attributable to pollution in the air that we breathe in. Small particles that aren't filtered by our nose get into our lungs, and very small particles get through into the blood stream. These particles can create inflammations in the lung and organs, including the brain. You might think this is only a problem in developing countries, but sometimes your home can be polluted if you are not aware.
    SORA's vision is to create actionable recommendations to change behaviour, through visualising the invisible pollution and educating on how it affects health of an occupant.


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    Smart Air Quality Recommendations
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    As more and more data and apps become abundant in our lives, the more overflow of information and the need to spend time looking through the data to make it meaningful. SORA proposes to reduce the pain for parents in taking care of indoor enviornments to ensure healthy conditions for members of their family.
    Research has shown that children are more vulnerable to pollutants due to their body still going through development. Particles in the lung can affect their development and health in the long-term.

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    Air Quality Visualisation
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    As more and more data and apps become abundant in our lives, the more overflow of information and the need to spend time looking through the data to make it meaningful. SORA proposes to reduce the pain for parents in taking care of indoor enviornments to ensure healthy conditions for members of their family.


    A clock as an object is something we have in our living environments naturally. The AirWatch project leverages these daily objects to turn them into data communication tools. A form of calm technology that informs subtle data about our enviornment, and that information is immediately abosrbed by a viewer at a single glance.


    We took the project from rough prototypes, to a design that can be produced in the 100's. Through pilots with families and 1-on-1 interviews, I started to uncover what questions people have and what actionable recommendations work in helping to mitigate pollution exposure. One meaningful behaviour change through our sensors was from a user who mentioned that:
    "We moved our incense out-doors so that the children and grandma are less exposed, and to move the kids to a study room where there is less pollution. The kids also was excited in helping the family take action, by noticing the levels indicated by the device."

SORA - Founder

Duration   2 years

Date   Jan. 2018 - Feb. Aug. 2020 - on-going research pivot

Skills Gained / Used   Business Plan; UI/UX; IoT hardware and software design;
Mechanical Engineering; Hardware design;
Pitching



About

  Yuki is an Innovation Designer and Technologist working on creating products and experiences that create positive futures. He is a Design Researcher at the EPFL+ECAL Lab, where he is working on Digital Innovation to bring emerging technologies from the research labs at EPFL to people who need it. Yuki is a graduate from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, holding an MA and MSc in Innovation Design and Engineering and an MEng in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently pursing a Masters of Advanced Studies at EPFL and ECAL in Design Research in Digital Innovation. He is passionate about using Design Thinking and Human Centred Design to create positive impact. Since his childhood he was inspired by technology and design. He is also interested in start-ups and getting new ideas to market. He is a Design London Fellow, which allowed him to attend Executive MBA lectures at Imperial Business School and to work on projects along side MBA students. With the Lines team he was fortunate to attend the European Innovation Academy and the Intel Make it Wearable Challenge to learn about patents, marketing, business and design.