CES 2017 highlights growing concerns over global air pollution and its associated health impact


With more than 80% of people living in urban areas and air pollution a hot news topic, it was no great surprise to see that one of the biggest themes at CES this year was ‘air quality’.  But it was not the global brands picking up on this theme; instead it was interesting to see some exciting products from startups addressing the global air pollution problem. In fact, the most popular area of the event was in the EUREKA area where there were a few hundred startups.

Four products particularly stood out, two of which were portable air pollution monitors. Flow by Plume and Atmotube are smart air quality trackers small enough to fit on a key ring. Both devices take continuous real-time measurements from the users’ immediate environment; when paired with their dedicated app, the measurements gathered are visualized and suggestions are made of ‘ways to escape pollution’ – making the data both tangible and actionable.

Flow by Plume

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Air pollution monitor by Atmotube


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A third product to grab our attention was Sprimo - a personal, portable smart air purifier capable of learning and adapting to deliver clean air directly to users breathing zone in less than 30 seconds, surrounding them in a bubble of clean air – a very cool product with a gentle air flow, much more comfortable than most table fans on the market and more economical.

Table top air purifier by Sprimo

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Another interesting product was Wair, a connected wearable air purifier. Bringing together fashion and tech, Wair is designed to look like a scarf and is available in different fabrics and prints. It’s triple layer filter stops gas, pollen and bacterial micro particles, while the accompanying SUPAIRMAN app aims at informing users about pollution in their area and help them optimize their route to one with less pollution.

Wearable air purifier by Wair

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Other highlights from the show included Lunii, a story telling device aimed at children aged between 3 and 8 years old. The child or parent can choose from 48 different night time stories.

Although the product looks low tech, it does have a pleasing simple design which is easy to operate. Perfect for children!

Cute storyteller by Lunii

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Image credits: PDD

It was interesting to see a surge in fashion brands adding smart watches to their range, with the fashion element firmly in the foreground and tech in the background. Personally I believe this is just the beginning of what we will see in the next few years.

High fashion smartwatches

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Image credits: PDD

This product would cause quite a scene on the golf course! The suite tracks all movement of your body and gives suggestions for correction. The possibilities to extend this product into different sports are endless.

The body tracker

CES2017 Body-tracker
Image credit: PDD

And finally my favourite product from the show -  VR

Well… it’s a VR flying suit – the person is strapped and can fly through simulations which are controlled by the users core muscles and arms. With proper simulation, the user can become weightless. Although I do wonder how many people were sick whilst using it?

CES2017 VR-flying-man
Image credit: PDD

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