A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
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.
Bloom scans your environment for pollution buildups and learns your air's reoccurring behavior to deliver actionable solutions for cleaner air. It seamlessly connects to your smartphone device and smart home platform to give you permanent control over your air’s purity.
Bloom’s technology combines two pollution sensors and a temperature, humidity and elevation sensor to instantly detect pollution variations and environmental changes. When this happens, Bloom’s smartphone app delivers a personalized solution to improve the immediate air quality.
Bloom is tailored to each user and has specific settings for individual needs and characteristics such as asthma and allergies, pregnancy or children, sleep patterns, and commute trends.
Bloom harnesses the power of Machine Learning to not just tell you your air is currently polluted, but to forecast when you air may be polluted in the future... Its predictive algorithm establishes a baseline of your air and anticipates pollution changes to deliver preventative solutions to always breathe your purest air.
Bloom integrates with your smart home platform to deliver remote control over your indoor air quality.
Its open API interface allows further customization while still leveraging the preset air quality guidelines and Bloom's evolution through machine learning.
Bloom’s dashboard allows you to monitor your home’s air from anywhere in the world. Login and see the conditions in real-time of your home, or view historical data and improving air quality over time.
We developed Bloom's technology because we think it is important to be able to measure the amount of toxic chemicals that are in our air ready to be inhaled. We developed Bloom's algorithms because we know that alerting people of nearby pollution is not enough. In order to be truly perceptive and participate in the smart home / smartphone environment, Bloom has to deliver real solutions.
Learn more about Bloom's mission.
Bloom not only allows you to live in cleaner environments and brings your smart home to the next level, it also helps make important life decisions.
Real estate: use Bloom to monitor the air quality of your favorite neighborhoods and avoid making air pollution part of your 30-year mortgage.
Travel: use Bloom community map to communicate with other users and inquire about their city's air quality prior to making travel plans. Activities: Bloom delivers daily air updates to consider before engaging in outdoor activities, and identifies your most visited places to suggest similar locations with improved air quality.
Activities: Bloom delivers daily air updates to consider before engaging in outdoor activities, and identifies your most visited places to suggest similar locations with improved air quality.
Bloom improves your quality of life by reducing the short-term effects of air pollution.
Bloom improves your life expectancy by reducing the long-term chronic effects of air pollution.
Bloom's design was inspired by elements commonly found in nature, in particular, the pattern followed by sunflower's petals. This pattern, the Fibonacci Sequence, reoccurs throughout nature in flowers, tree branches, shells, and faces. This ratio is called the Golden Ratio, or Phi, and it is the ratio we used to spread the breathing indentations you see on Bloom's surface. As well as the dimensions for the charging pod.
Hydrocarbons: are compounds of hydrogen and carbon, such as any of those that are the chief components of petroleum and natural gas. These compounds are introduced into the environment through their use as fuels and chemicals as well as through leaks or accidental spills during exploration, production, reﬁning, or transport. Hydrocarbons are highly toxic and pose a serious global environmental and health threat.
Reducing and oxidizing agents: A reducing agent is an element or compound that loses an electron to another chemical species. Since the reducing agent is losing electrons, it is said to have been oxidized. Not all reducing and oxidizing agents are toxic, or contributors to air pollution. Though certain combinations are extremely poisonous to humans and other animals.
[PMe] Particulate matter equivalent: microscopic particles suspended in air, many of which are hazardous. This complex mixture includes both organic and inorganic particles, such as dust, pollen, soot, smoke, and liquid droplets. And is the leading cause of premature pollution-related deaths in the world. Bloom derives the presence of PM by calculating the levels of nitrogren dioxide and certain hydrocarbons, as much ambient PM(2.5) mass is formed through interactions between these elements, as well as ultraviolet light.
[CO] Carbon monoxide: is a toxic colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. Carbon monoxide poisoning is the most common type of fatal air poisoning in many developed and developing countries.
[NOX] Nitrogen oxides: are gasses produced during combustion of fuels and one of the main contributors to smog and acid rain. Exposure to these gasses has severe and life threatening health effects on humans and other animals.
[C2HCl3] Trichloroethylene: used in paints, paint removers/strippers, grease solvents, dry cleaning operations, adhesives, lubricants, varnishes, metal cleaners/polishes, and printing inks.
[CH2O] Formaldehyde: one of the chemicals most often found in homes. It is used in building materials and insulation, wood products (hardwood plywood, particleboard), household products (glue, permanent press fabric, paints/coatings, lacquers/finishes, paper bags, waxed paper, facial tissues, paper towels, table napkins, dish-washing liquids, fabric softeners, and some cosmetics), and garden fertilizers.
[C6H6] Benzene: is widely used in the United States, particularly in the production of plastics, resins, nylons, synthetic fibers, lubricants, rubbers, dyes, and detergents. It is also a byproduct of the combustion process and found in crude oil, gasoline and cigarette smoke.
[NH3] Ammonia: comes from fertilizers, plastics, textiles, dyes, window cleaners, floor waxes and smelling salts.
[C8H10] Xylene: widely found in common tissues, paints and stains, rubber, leather, tobacco smoke and vehicle exhaustion.
Risks and challenges
The main risk in developing new technology is in the testing phases, and this stage is usually the one that causes the most delays in new gadgets.
To remove this risk from our Kickstarter offering, we made sure to complete and pass all testing phases before coming to you. While this required more patience and constrains on our end, we are happy that we did it and reduced any chances of delays or broken promises. We are ready to go to market as soon as the project is funded!
All certifications needed to commercialize electronic products are also underway, as we only work with pre-approved manufacturers and components.
We have even built a buffer in our expected delivery dates so that we can surprise you with an early Bloom, but won't disappoint you with unannounced delays.
Of course this is not to say that nothing is going to happen. But we have taken the extra miles to cover all foreseeable complications, even if it meant delaying the launch not to delay your shipping dates down the line.
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