Pollution monitoring and air purifier for babies

Protecting against air pollution

We partnered with Brizi to develop a product that tackles the effects of urban air pollution on new born babies and infants. Brizi is a portable air filter designed to fit onto any pushchair and create a localised zone of clean air. The accompanying air quality tracker reads levels of harmful gases and particulates in the environment and activates the Brizi filter only when needed so that battery life can be extended.

With predictions of 6.6 million premature deaths by 2050 due to air pollution, Brizi’s unique solution provides cleaner air to protect those who are most vulnerable. A child’s lungs and immune system are not fully developed during their first few years of life, putting them at greater risk when exposed to air pollution.

Informed Communities

Data gathered from the air quality tracker is used to visualise pollution in the form of a real-time heat map that can be viewed via the Brizi app. Parents can use this information to help them re-route their journey and reduce unnecessary exposure to pollution.

Form Factor

Through extensive prototyping we developed a solution that could be integrated into a pushchair without disrupting the ergonomics of the seat or appearing to be intrusive. We configured the internal components in a way that allowed them to be incorporated into a thin pillow which wraps behind the head and provided comfort to the baby.

Prototyping and Testing

We developed Brizi over more than two years making dozens of mockups, tests and prototypes to develop the unique combination of fan and air filter, integrated into the soft pillow. The final design allows air to pass inside the pillow from one side to the other being filtered in the process and creating a clean air curtain in front of the baby’s face. The development process also included extensive real-world testing and optimising of the sensors built into the air quality tracker. Later development and validation included working with the Global Centre for Clear Air Research at the University of Surrey.