Award Winning Designers Create Innovative New Product Set To Revolutionalise Indoor Air Quality

Award winning designers Ali and Nick Munro have teamed up to create an indoor air quality monitor which is set to revolutionise indoor health.

Linking to the homes’ Wi-Fi network and a smartphone app, Sapho’s highly engineered technology measures metrics of carbon dioxide, humidity and temperature.

The butterfly inspired tech design uses colour to communicate. Its wings change colour to indicate when the air quality is; ‘good’(blue), ‘moderate’ (green) or ‘needs attention’ (amber).

Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and award-winning engineer and designer Nick Munro said: We spend 90% of our lives in doors and during Covid in 2020 showed us how critical indoor air quality has become and how poor indoor air quality can really affect our health and wellbeing. When butterflies are present, we know the air is healthy – Sapho is the tech version of this and will help people to better understand the environment around them and improve it through simple methods.”

The creative duo, who have expertise across product, interior and wellness design, have worked with the Imperial College London and a talented team of designers and engineers based in the UK to develop Sapho.

Their Kickstarter campaign which launches 19th July aims to get Sapho into production later this year, in the hope of introducing Butterfly tech to homes, schools and care settings across the UK.

The innovative device should be installed at breathing height, can be attached by command strips or one screw into a wall and one device, can cover 100m2.

Manufactured using a specially tailored recycled plastic, Sapho runs from 2xAA batteries and is engineered to last for 18 months.

Once off the ground, Nick and Ali plan to donate 1% of their profits to the Butterfly Conservation Organisation.

Ali added: Researchers are beginning to understand how air pollution can affect the brain and the mind and Imperial College London have highlighted the lifelong impact of air pollution. Not only can it have negative affects on fertility levels but can lead to an increased risk of asthma in children and later in life stroke, dementia and cancer. We need to be aware of what’s in our air and how we can improve it and that is where Sapho comes in.”

The air in your home or office can be more than five times more lethal than outdoor air, according to new research.

The Department for Environment Draft Air Quality Strategy revealed that indoor air features higher levels of carbon monoxide and PM2.5 as a result of activities such as cooking, cleaning products and wood-fired stoves.

London Imperial College’s Environment Research Group has examined a large range of research published from the past ten years as part of the Royal College of Physicians report ‘Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution’, showing the impact high levels of C02 can have on brain health.