The World Health Organization cites air pollution as one of the largest threats we face. Its statistics show that more than 80% of people living in urban areas (that monitor air pollution) breathe air that exceeds safe levels. It seems urban dwellers might be better off with portable air quality monitors instead of fitness trackers!
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MATR has been designed to tackle this problem. More than 2 years in development, it consists of three parts – a portable air purifier, a removable air quality tracker and a free smartphone app. Everything is extremely compact and powerful, ideal for personal spaces such as living rooms, bedrooms or offices.
The air purifier is designed with nano-technology that eliminates harmful pollutants rather than just catching them. The company says its technology is capable of getting rid of particles up to 300 times smaller than HEPA filters. Best of all? It’s filters last forever saving you money. You never need to replace them as they are fully washable.
“Due to rapid urbanisation, a growing number of us are living in smaller spaces. Air pollution, and in particular, the invisible pollutants that build up in our personal living spaces are becoming an increasing health risk” says Matthew Rowe, co-founder and CEO of MATR.
“I designed MATR to be compact and simple whilst ensuring it remained powerful and sustainable to use.”
The MATR Tracker sits on top of the purifier. This is the part of the system that senses the air around you and displays its air quality. You can also detach it to be used whilst walking, running or cycling.
The final piece of the puzzle is the smartphone app. It talks to the purifier and tracker and displays air quality data in real-time. There is a historical section which shows recording levels of VOC’s, temperature,
pressure and humidity. The app also spits out notifications to help users improve their habits and live better.
The Kickstarter campaign to make MATR a reality opened a few hours ago. A $50 pledge will get you one unit, to be delivered in June next year.
Price: $50 and up
$3,529 raised out of $130,000 goal
29 days to go
Estimated delivery: June 2019
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