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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, July 6 2019 11:00 AM UTC +00:00.

$23,544
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
158
backers
9days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, July 6 2019 11:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Live healthier. Know what you breathe. 

PiCO Home is an elegant, personal smart air quality monitor that can tell what's in the air you breathe. It measures dangerous particulates in the air in real-time.

Our high-quality sensors provide critical, real-time information about the air quality around you instantly, at a glance and gives you recommendations on what you can do to improve the air you breathe. Unlike traditional air monitors, PiCO Home provides you peace of mind with a combination of high-reliable data, portability, and a low price.

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As demonstrated here, you can see how a change in environment affects the mobile app, illustrating the performance and integration of PiCO Home's hardware and software.

4.3 million people die annually from exposure to household air pollutants. Most perish from stroke (34%), heart disease (26%) and chronic pulmonary disease (22%). Pneumonia and lung cancer account for 12% and 6% of deaths, respectively.

Women and young children, who spend the most time near the domestic hearth, are particularly vulnerable. More than 50% of pneumonia deaths among children under 5 are linked to household air pollution.

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PiCO Home can be powered by USB-C cables in three ways: 1) a power plug, a power bank, or via your smartphone. We expect it to be used mostly at home for power supply (power plug and cables). Using the mobile app, PiCO Home communicates via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
PiCO Home can be powered by USB-C cables in three ways: 1) a power plug, a power bank, or via your smartphone. We expect it to be used mostly at home for power supply (power plug and cables). Using the mobile app, PiCO Home communicates via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
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Step 1: Connect to USB-C cable power supply (to external battery, plug, or smartphone).

Step 2: Push the power “ON” and launch the mobile app (iOS/Android).

Step 3: PiCO Home will give you an immediate visual reading of your air quality with multi-color LED indicators.

Step 4: Browse further to get more helpful recommendations and tips.

We’ve listened. Since launching the 1st generation PiCO, we’ve learned so much. And very humbled by the experience it has taught us. Since then, we have continuously sought ways to make our service and our product better for our backers. Now, it’s time to deliver.In this 2nd generation update, reborn as PiCO Home, we’ve made the following improvements:

  • Added Wi-Fi communication 
  • Enhanced accuracy of the temperature, relative humidity, and VOCs
  • Added flash memory for storing air quality data without a network connection
  • Interworks with Amazon’s Alexa 
  • Mobile application updates with better UI & UX 
  • A complete, new, and beautiful redesign of PiCO Home

1. MEMS Metal-oxide Gas Sensor: MEMS is the industry standard for detecting potentially harmful gases in the air. PiCO senses Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) released by cleaning agents, paints, and carpets, flooring, and even your family! The MEMS sensor picks up any trace of Acetone, methanol, ethanol, and other harmful compounds in the air.

High levels of VOCs in the air can have an impact on general comfort and well-being, as well as taking a toll on cognitive abilities.

The MEMS Metal-oxide Gas sensing element is first class when it comes to real-world application. It has long-term stability and a low drift (meaning 1 will always be 1). It’s also protected against dust and water making it extremely robust and durable.

2. CMOSens® Sensor: When professionals need to measure temperature and humidity, they trust CMOSens®. So do we.

3. Laser Particle Sensor: PiCO's laser-based particle sensor is far more accurate than cheap, dull LED sensors, ensuring accurate measurement of fine dust (PM2.5 and PM10) in the air. These small particles are among the most dangerous and difficult forms of air pollution to protect yourself against. PM2.5 particles (just 0.0025mm in size) are so small they get through most masks and window seals right into your lungs and blood.

100% Delivery Guarantee and EU-Friendly Delivery

There’s no secret about the challenges involved in delivering bits and atoms, but we know what we are doing. We give you our word and guarantee that every backer will receive a quality product made with skill, dedication and passion.

We're so sure about PiCO Home that we are offering a 100% Delivery Guarantee. If we fail to deliver the rewards for whatever reason, we will reimburse the full amount you pledged on Kickstarter.

International backers: PiCO Home will ship worldwide. Please note that you will be responsible for duties, fees and taxes applicable to your region.

Estimated delivery: While we do not expect major issues, the estimated shipment date may shift one of two months. We will update backers as soon as shipping dates are confirmed.

Warranty: We are firmly proud of our product. Each PiCO Home includes a 7-day (upon receiving) money back guarantee and a 1-year limited warranty.

Support: Need help? If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach us at cs@brilcom.com.

We will strive to ensure that we deliver to our backers on time.

Risks and challenges

Kickstarter projects are ambitious and so delay is the most obvious risk. As we are building PiCO Home’s firmware, mobile apps, and hardware from the ground up, ensuring quality control is a very high priority. Accurate measurements of ambient temperature and humidity, for example, require extensive debugging and testing, which may take extra time to get right. We rather ship a great, finished product later rather than an imperfect one sooner.

Additionally, smartphones that do not support OTG (On-The-Go) may experience difficulties powering up PiCO Home. Since Apple’s change to lightning cables for iPhones and iPads, OTG is no longer an authorized Apple MFI process. Therefore, the power supply from Apple products may be unstable.

Android and iOS mobile apps will also be vigorously tested and upgraded to deliver an even better intuitive user experience. We’ll listen to feedback from you and make adjustments accordingly.

Despite those risks and challenges, we at PiCO Home are confident in delivering a high-quality device according to our timeline. If something does go wrong, we promise to keep our backers updated and informed about any issues and about the way in which we are solving them.

Shipments may be delayed in order to ship products safely. Also, the speed of shipping may vary from country to country. Our team is making arrangements to expedite shipping now so that we can provide the best service for our backers when we reach our funding goal.

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