3 Stage - Visual Development
Airbee - healthy air for everybody!
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Airbee - healthy air for everybody!
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In this stage I worked on the development of functions and customer insight. Factors which influenced the whole concept were based on the information
The concept is based on the famous toy called Frisbee and it is inspired by the daily life of people and their needs. The idea was to combine the familiar with the new things so that people don’t have to learn something completely new. According to the survey, which I did about the look of it, all interviewees wanted light a fresh design. It should evoke the familiar shape of repeatedly mentioned flying saucer at the first sight. It is known from the history that people like rounded shapes - they make them feel safe and please. Nowadays smartphones are very popular, numerous activities works via their application. People don’t go out without their phones, so I decided to control the airbee via the phone. Simply through an application the product can be turned on / off, thus enabling its take-off, set the level of cleaning, distance from the user, or set an automatic cleaning during which airbee uses its scanner to orient in space. Another important function is to inform you of the status of the filters that airbee can evaluate and send to the user’s phone
The chosen topic have to relate my personality, I think the designer can express better about it if he knew exactly what is needed and if he had some experience with the topic. Therefore the subject nature air was an obvious choice. It is not an individual‘s problem, it affects the whole society. What is more important than our health? The research showed that people not only want to have clean air at their homes, but they want to have it constantly around them, even if they are outside, where the level of pollution is the worst. Therefore I am offering a solution with portable cleaners. My aim was to invent a flying filter which will be able to create a zone of healthy air around its users
In the future I see airbee as a phenomenon which will become a fashion accessory for all. With its quiet operation, a simple and efficient design and its appearance it will be a part of every interior and it will become an indispensable companion
According to the professional advice I focused on a more detailed elaboration of functions and customer insight. According to the information which people told me, the shape concept changed. I devoted greatest attention to the functions that should suit and facilitate the living of most people. The design was based on their needs: the advantages and disadvantages of different air purifiers. The biggest benefit for me was the experience of allergic people. The contribution is in using different kinds of filters from the types that are already on the market. Airbee is a stand-alone unit without any charging station, thanks to the hi-tech material (unfortunately it still has no commercial name) which conducts electricity when heated. Connection between the principle of hot air (allowed by thermocouples) and this material was the best solution. Here I wrote only the main information about the concept, detailed information about the functions and materials are on my blog
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AirBee is a flying air filter with intelligent memory for creating a zone of fresh healthy air.
My aim is to design an intelligent portable product, which provides continuous purification of air and thereby improves the quality of life conditions. The problem is that one is constantly exposed to polluted air, which has a negative impact on human health and AirBee can create a zone of fresh healthy air whenever one needs.
AirBee is flying air filter with intelligent memory for creating zone of fresh healthy air. Including scanner providing orientation and motion in the space. Indoor and outdoor use. Controlled via smartphone. Hot air created in the upper part makes the flight possible. The colour of the light refers to the condition of the filters, which are in the bottom part and can be easily replaced. Using hi-tech technology and modern light materials.
Plastic nano-composite material that can be used in aeroplanes has been discovered by a team of five Bangalore researchers headed by CNR Rao, scientific advisor to the Prime Minister.They created the material by reinforcing ordinary plastic with diamonds which are invisible to naked eye, a sheet of layered carbon and tiny carbon cylinders.
The material is very lightweight, crash-resistant and insulates very well, so it is the best solution for my concept. Another advantage is its white color.
In the first picture you can see a type of filter.
In the second one there is a turbine cover.
In the third one there is micro turbo heater.
These components are placed in the upper part of Airbee.
I decided to change the opening system, it´s easier now. Just turn the upper part, which fits into the bottom. It holds firmly. For re-opening just turn the upper part backwards.
Customer buys a box that contains cleaner and filters. The two pieces easily fit together. There is a simple but reliable system of installation including a safety fuses. There are two of them on both sides of the Airbee. User easily press the fuses and airbee opens up. They do not interfere design, because they are on the inside of the product. Filters can be bought separately in a variety of examples – such as eucalyptus or halite filter. Furthermore, in the box you will find information about the functionality of the product and all about his easy maintenance. There are also applications that the user has to loaded into his/her phone and they start the configuration between the Airbee and the phone.
I found an interesting interview with Prof. M.D. A. V. Červinská, PhD. about what helps with breathing difficulties. Fresh air, mountains, sea help to the asthmatics and salt caves are also recommended. The main essence of the effectiveness of salt aerosol is a significant number of respirable particles (1-5 mkm) that are inhaled. These particles are most effective component in procedures of human respiratory system. Salt aerosol cleans the air and creates an antimicrobial, almost sterile environment. Salt therapy is an excellent remedy not only for respiratory diseases, but also for allergies, eczema, systemic disorders and diseases, nervous system disorders, as well as a mean of preventive treatment of healthy people. Sodium chloride (halite) can be also included as an additional option for the Airbee filter. Airbee can evoke the atmosphere of a salt cave and thereby help with the treatment.
Airbee is my semestral work. Therefore I´ve recently started working on a model of it. In this picture you can see just a raw shape.
Here is an apparent example of why is arbee so useful. In countries with much polluted air people must protect themselves with respirators. When using airbee no such thing is needed, because it creates a bubble of pure and healthy air.
Customer turns the airbee on via application on his/her smartphone. Everything is controlled via the phone, for example the distance from the user when used outdoors, or automatic cleaning in an area where space scanner uses a sensor to avoid obstacles. Airbee is always able to save its energy for next start and for heating the material, which produces the electricity that runs the whole mechanism. After turning off airbee sinks safely to the ground.
Used filters which are positioned in lower part are easy to replace since airbee is composed from two parts. In the upper part there are all the technological stuff (scanner, sensors, thermostat and turbines) and in the lower part there are circural filters which can be replaced by the owner according to his/her needs. Airbee is adiabatic, so there is no chance of getting burn or starting a fire. Owner can set a degree of the cleaning – from minimum to maximum.
In the second picture you can see two parts of airbee. (without technical things and filters)
In the third picture there is simple diagram of the principle of clean air.
Technology that purifies and creates healthy air is based on the Air Multiplier Technology. I added a set of filters which also allow the owner to apply a filter with eucalyptus, which is effective in the treatment of asthma.
It is possible to control the temperature of the air that comes out. You can simply control it via application on your smartphone.
The air that comes out of Airbee allows it to move around the area, or just float in one place.