App to control Dyson air pollution monitor and purifier
Dyson has launched a new air purifier that marks the start of the firm’s IoT integration into its products.
Its new Pure Cool Link air purifier not only removes pollution from the air in a room it is placed in, but will also keep the space temperate and use an app to give users an indication of the air quality both indoors and outside.
The product uses a “360° Glass HEPA filter” to remove almost all allergens from a room, and can automatically tweak the airflow if its sensors identify a change in air conditions.
It is claimed to remove 99.95 per cent of pollutants in the air in the home, including dust, smells, chemicals, pollen, spores, smoke and anything else 0.1 micron or larger.
According to research highlighted by the company, air pollution inside a home can be up to five times worse than outdoors.
“We think it is polluted outside of our homes, but the air inside can be far worse,” said Sir James Dyson, the company’s founder and chief executive.
“Dyson engineers focused on developing a purifier that automatically removes ultrafine allergens, odours and pollutants from the indoor air, feeding real time air quality data back to you.”
The fan can be used at night by switching to a quieter night mode. The app can be used to start the device remotely and set times for the device to run. The Link app can also notify users when the device’s filter needs cleaning.
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IoT and connected homes
Hugo Wilson, design lead for Dyson, said: “Modern homes have been built to be more sealed against noise and trap heat, which means the pollutants we create inside the home are also trapped and build up to levels up to five times more polluted indoors than out.”
The Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan will cost £350 for a desk model and £450 for the larger tower. The filter will cost £50 and needs to be changed once every year if it is used for 12 hours in a day.
The firm is planning to make other IoT devices to enable homeowners to control appliances when they are out of the house. However, the Link app from Dyson doesn’t work with other IoT platforms, such as Samsung’s SmartThings kit and Apple’s HomeKit.
Fred de Haro, CEO of Pycom, told Internet of Business that connected applications are typically put in place for one of two reasons: Making money or saving money through efficiency.
“Depending on the nature of the connected application, businesses will either drive better insights into customer behaviour, wants and needs so they can build products people want, identify upsell opportunities and increase revenue, or they will use the IoT solution to enhance the performance of their own internal process and operations,” he said.
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