As a recently diagnosed asthmatic, I can confidently say that it’s easy to underestimate the quality of the air that we breathe each day. Like so many things, it’s easy to take advantage of something that’s as commonplace as (supposedly) fresh air. But not all air is equal. Thanks to the rise in pollution, there are plenty of irritants out there to affect the air quality around you. Bloom, a new device, available through Kickstarter, aims to help you work out how best to avoid pollution, no matter where you are.
It all started as an idea between Monica Diaz and Chris Ernst, shortly after moving to NYC. “Bloom was created on the notes section of Chris’s iPhone in 2016,” Diaz says. Having noticed the heavy odor of vehicle exhausts around them, and the fact it was having an effect on them, the pair wondered what the effect might be like on “more sensitive populations such as children or the elderly.” As she points out, there’s also the additional issue of “what pollution might exist that they could not see or smell?”