The decline of air pollution was fantastic for Beijing residents in 2017. But we Beijingers also know how quickly that can turn around. This year, we’re making a resolution: to be more aware of the AQI, and to know what we can do to protect ourselves. Because even under bluer skies, sometimes a thin facemask or old air purifier just isn’t enough.
That’s where Blue Sky Lab’s latest creation, ATMOBLUE, comes in.
ATMOBLUE’s slogan of “Pure Air Everywhere” is no joke. The wearable air purifier ensures you are literally breathing a breath of fresh air everywhere you go. We interviewed co-founder Simon Kubski to see what makes this next-generation filtration device different from the 3M masks we see everywhere.
So, what is ATMOBLUE?
ATMOBLUE isn’t really a mask - it’s more of a smart respiration system. It has two fans, so it’s basically a breathing machine that’s able to deliver up to 88 liters of air a minute. It’s enough to keep a positive pressure environment under most physical activity, which means it’s really easy to breathe - like you’re not actually wearing a ‘mask’. You’re wearing an air purifier that's able to deliver clean air to you.
What inspired you to make the product?
First, it was for our friends. Having lived in Beijing for over 10 years, that was the starting point for us. We also wanted to make it for people who’ve experience air pollution and have bought or used different air purification products before and would appreciate something that’s able to solve a bunch of different issues.
Simon in Beijing circa 2014
Our biggest consideration was making something that would be really comfortable and provide an easy breathing experience. We wanted to make sure we had a product, no matter what, actually protected people and was able to really enhance the overall breathing experience - and make it a little bit less annoying to have to want to protect oneself.
What is it made of?
Customized Air ducts, fans and batteries, a silicone machine seal, a strap that distributes weight evenly across the face, HEPA filters and an air chamber.
What was the biggest challenging in making ATMOBLUE?
The biggest challenge was trying to determine what the trade-offs would be. There are things like size, weight, aesthetics, usage time, battery time, and filtration, - unfortunately, you can’t really deal with any of those in isolation. If you change one it moves all the other things. What it really came down to for us, was performance.
Is there anything you want to say to the community as an open message?
Without being too virtuous, we want to say we created ATMOBLUE with humanity in mind. Our team, Blue Sky Lab, are co-creators driven by our mission to bring clean food, water, and air. We love ATMOBLUE and we know you’ll love it too.
If you’re planning on making 2018 the year of clean air, you can test and try ATMOBLUE at their pop-up Sanlitun location. Just message the BlueSky Lab WeChat (Blueskylab) for more details.