The AirBird is an indoor air quality sensor that will chirp and a soft light will flash to let you know if there are rising levels of poor air quality. The aim is to improve well-being and comfort by giving you a gentle nudge to simply open a window and maintain good indoor air climate. The origami-like form houses optical sensors which measure C02 along with temperature and relative humidity, and It comes with an handy app to coach you through improving the air quality.
Architect and designer Jens Jørgensen further explains, “real-time data provides insight that enables change of habits that promote better indoor air quality and well-being. It enables building owners and managers to improve wellbeing while simultaneously trim energy use and expenses.”
This design is a playful take on the canary that used to save lives in the mines. From the 18th-20th centuries, canaries and finches were used in the coal mining industry to detect carbon monoxide. Today, we can do it with this clever little device. The AirBird can simply sit on a shelf or be mounted on a wall in your office, school or home and uses batteries which only need to be replaced annually.
By controlling air pollutant concentrations you can improve concentration and performance at work and when learning, improve sleep and may decrease the risk of asthma and allergies.
Designed by GXN in collaboration with Leapcraft and Velux Group. GXN is the innovation unit of architectural practice 3XN who have offices in Copenhagen, Stockholm, New York and Sydney. GXN work on projects exploring circular design, behaviour design and digital design. The tech and data analysis was conceived by Danish studio Leapcraft, a digital transformation company. Velux Group are window manufacturers and they bought their knowledge of healthy indoor environments.
You can buy this indoor air quality sensor online at www.getabird.com
Nadine is the founder and editor of Eco Edition and founder of the Eco Edition Design School. She’s an experienced interior designer, sustainable materials consultant, speaker and serial home renovator.