06 Dec 2019

Introducing: Sora

By Will Spurr

A smart, modular indoor air quality monitor that provides personalised recommendations to improve your air quality. 

 

Pollution doesn’t stop at the front door. In fact, air pollution is generally 2-5 times higher indoors compared to outdoors. As buildings become increasingly efficient, this issue is more and more severe. Moreover, many people don’t realise the impact that their cleaning products, furniture, everyday activities and heating have on indoor air quality. For example, a study on air pollution in conventional homes revealed that cooking a roast dinner can contribute to air pollution in a house more severe than heavily polluted city streets. Exposure to high levels of air pollution is particularly serious for young children and older people and can result in asthma, breathing problems and a wide range of respiratory illnesses. 

 

For example, if the device notices that your cooking has raised carbon dioxide levels too high, it may recommend opening a window for 15 minutes.  

 

Yoo-Jin and Yuki, founders of Sora, realised that the first victory against indoor air pollution is understanding the problem. The next victory is knowing what small adjustments you can make to bring your indoor air pollution under control. Hence they developed Sora, a smart air-quality sensor. Sora combines accurate sensor readings with information about your everyday life to provide real-time personalised actionable solutions to improve air quality. For example, if the device notices that your cooking has raised carbon dioxide levels too high, it may recommend opening a window for 15 minutes.  

Sora product

The Sora sensor and an example of an actionable solution.

 

The device is modular, and so additional sensors detecting different particulates can be added. Depending on the context of the user-experience, actionable solutions can vary from a frictionless gateway for buying a house plant or eco-friendly cleaning product, to a small adjustment to a thermostat. 

To learn more about Sora, you can check out the video below, see their website, contact Yoo-Jin or Yuki directly, or follow sora.care on Instagram and Twitter.