Based on 6 years of research into sensors, pollution, and air quality, the AirBird® offers a state-of-the-art product, packaged in a thoughtful and elegant design experience, with the purpose to improve the indoor climate. The bird is designed and developed in collaboration between GXN, VELUX Group and Leapcraft.
AirBird® is an intelligent indoor climate sensor that helps improve the indoor climate by nudging behavioural change. It can quickly detect poor indoor air quality and helps occupants of a room to take necessary action. It can give feedback via bird sounds or via a soft glow to prompt you to adjust ventilation, heating or cooling. The AirBird Plus version can also wirelessly connect to a hub to transmit data and generate recommendations via an accompanying app for smartphones. The shape of AirBird® is inspired by an elegant Japanese origami bird. It is easy to operate, requiring no WiFi set-up, is battery-powered and ready-to-use out of the box.
Industrial researcher Lara Anne Hale has been involved in testing the AirBird as part of her research associated with ‘Smart City and Smart Buildings – Balancing Technology and People’ facilitated by BLOXHUB and funded by Realdania and Innovation Fund Denmark. Her work enabled data-driven building renovations to improve the indoor climate as a potential business model, in collaboration with Copenhagen Business School, the VELUX Group, Leapcraft, and Kokkedal School, where the AirBird was tested.
AirBird® combines design skills from GXN (part of 3XN), sensor and hardware expertise from Leapcraft, plus healthy indoor environment knowledge from VELUX Group. Together, they ideated, co-created, developed, tested, and started the production of the sensor. The aim was to make clean air more accessible by helping people to easily understand its importance and to nudge behavioural change.