By Chere Di Boscio
Jewellery is about to get functional. Very functional.
A young Russian, Alexandr Kostin, has created a bracelet that purifies the air. The Russian entered the Electrolux Design Lab 2013 competition, and ended up as a finalist, which means the Hand-Tree bangle is still at the concept stage, but what a concept! The device proposes cleaning the air–through jewellery.
The bangle is operated via a menu bar on a touchscreen panel. There are two basic modes of operation: Automatic and Manual. The Automatic mode independently monitors the environment and changes its filter function depending on whichever contaminants are nearby; manual mode allows the user to control the settings directly.
The battery is charged wirelessly using Qi technology, and the body of the bangle is constructed from biodegradable eco plastic.
There are still some questions left unanswered about the bracelet: for example, just how much air can it clean? Which particulates can and can’t it remove?
But the implications of the device are vast–this could help asthmatics, those with hay fever, and anyone who just wants to breathe cleaner air. They could be used in hospitals, sports events and in every day life. Living in big cities could soon become far more pleasant, and healthier.
To help support Alexandr’s bid to win the competition or to see more abou the bangle, please click here.