Hand Tree

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Hand Tree
Electrolux Hand Tree Air Purifier
Air/ Health/ Fashion/ Sustainability
June 2013
Alexandr Kostin
Vladimir State University, Russia

 

Hand Tree, a personal air purifier concept that cleans and filters the air around the wearer. Working on the principle of plants, Hand Tree absorbs the dirty air and emits purified one, thus creating its own atmosphere around a person. It surrounds a person with perfume of their choice.

As the human race continues to expand and urbanize, air pollution is becoming a serious, pressing issue. The Hand Tree is a bracelet that incorporates a small filter that purifies the air. The designer believes if a whole population of people were outfitted with such a device, the technology could help to combat smog much like a forest of mobile trees. The Hand Tree consists of a carbon air filter, rechargeable battery, OLED display, and bioplastic shell. A touchpad allows the user to choose between operating modes and displays the time. An outlet and director focuses air either towards or away from the body. There is also an option of adding a cartridge of perfume to flavor personal space. A logo on the touchpad changes color depending on the condition of the filter, and a light on the body indicates the level of pollution. The Hand Tree does not have any clasps, but instead uses silicone rubber placed between wrist and gadget.
Depending on sense of style, the Hand Tree may become a unique, high-tech method of self expression along with a means of clearing the air. Disposal of the filters and batteries may become a challenge for the invention if there is not an already existing infrastructure to recycle the components. While the concept depends heavily on a large number of people wearing the device, it is another innovative tool to help improve air quality and signal a commitment to the environment.

 

Original sources:
http://www.isciencetimes.com/articles/5618/20130712/air-purifier-hand-tree-cleans-environment-kostin.htm
http://www.yankodesign.com/2013/07/01/wearable-clean-air/
http://inhabitat.com/the-hand-tree-is-a-bracelet-that-purifies-polluted-air/

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