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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
About this project
Pocket Particle is the most accurate and sensitive mobile air quality sensor. Measure harmful particulate matter in the air you breathe and take action for a better and healthier life.
How does it work?
Just launch the mobile app on your smart phone, plug in the sensor and hit record. The sensor will power-up and begin streaming air quality data every 1/10th of a second.
Powered by Digital Environment mobile and cloud software, the system is intuitive and easy to use for users of all ages and expereince.
Why is it important?
The American Lung Association offers some simple and grave warnings about particulate matter pollution.
The hardware and software work in unison to collect, aggregate, and monitor air quality data. Collectively, the system (individual + sensor + data) enables users to learn about the quality of the air they breathe and share with others.
Users can understand how that air quality affects their health, and protect themselves from health problems associated with:
Hazardous work environments
Travel to polluted locations
The prototype system was completed a few months ago and is already showing insightfull data about the world around us both in and outside of our homes.
The current system includes the sensor, our Android mobile app, and our reporting web app. We will use the Kickstarter campaign to:
Enhance website: interactive mapping, compare health vs air, sharing.
Enhance crowdsharing of air quality data: public projects, analysis, recommendations.
Create group accounts for doctors and patients.
Build iOS application
Our partners at Tangible Design factory:
Risks and challenges
Because of all of our hard work to date, this campaign has low risk. Android based solutions will be delivered within 6 weeks of completing the campaign. iOS will require an additional 6 weeks for delivery. Note that iPhone sensors are only available through reward #6. All other rewards are for android.
Enhancing the Android mobile app and reporting app for a better user experience will be very low risk, just a matter of time. We have a team of mobile developers and a team of web developers that have adopted a number of sensors and designed a functional set of applications. More than one year of development, testing, and refinement has been invested into the current applications.
Crowdsharing the collected data is possible and low risk, but we have yet to build this feature. As envisioned, this feature will allow users to share data in an anonymous way, or keep their personal data private. The technology for this function is in place; however, we need your support to build and refine this feature.
iOS development is medium risk. It presents the largest amount of work that is not complete for this Kickstarter campaign. We are currently testing interface between an iOS device and the sensor. First, we will establish communication between the device and iOS. Next, we'll present data in an iOS application. Then, aggregate the data from iOS into our cloud environment (no risk here, just time). And finally: enhance the application with the features we have developed for Android.
Big data architect
Sensor & instrument specialist and environmental engineer
2 mobile developers
Web application architect