Airbient

A mobile app concept to help people make important decisions based on the air quality around them.

Goal

Increase the awareness of the quality of the air in a person’s environment and let them take healthier routes even though they may take longer to reach.

Main features

  • Inspect the air quality in your current location and surroundings in real time.

  • Find out the healthiest and unhealthiest areas on your way to a certain destination and how to avoid them.

  • Check your previously visited location and it’s quality so you know if you should avoid them next time.

  • Get notified if you’re entering an unhealthy area.

Personas

Ewan Bennett

Ewan is a fulltime cashier at a supermarket and made a promise to his friends that he would jog at least 4 times a week as his New Year's resolutions, despite his asthma. However, Ewan lives in the busy streets of London where the air quality is very bad. This causes his asthma to worsen, so he needs to avoid the heavily polluted areas as much as possible.

Isabella Stein

Isabella teaches at a nursery class about half a mile from a busy highway in Germany. She has recently read an article in the newspaper about how air pollution plays a negative role in the health of fauna and flora. Now she's thinking about what impact the highway has on the health of the children she teaches. Isabella wants to ensure that the children do not come in contact with high concentrations of pollution, especially when they organize outdoor activities.

Sjors Kramer

Sjors is an environmentalist with the environmental defense in the Netherlands that tries to track down the sources of air pollution to treat them afterwards. Trying to track that pollution is not that easy on such a large scale and requires a lot of people to process that information, so Sjors needs an analytical platform to advise towns and cities on creating a cleaner environment.

Margaret Holland

Margaret is a mother of 2 young children. She wants to raise her children as healthy as possible to ensure them a great youth, so she doesn't want her children to be in contact with the different kinds of pollution, like air pollution. She wants to be aware of all the pollution around her when she's doing activities like running errands to avoid prolonged exposure.

Emoji test

It's hard to quickly provide users with a display of air quality in their surroundings while keeping it comprehensive, so I looked into displaying it in a fun way: emojis. The problem with using these types of emojis is that it can be subjective; what may look like a happier emoji for someone might not look like it for someone else. A test was conducted to figure out the most appropriate order of emojis from most satisfied to least satisfied.

The icons were organized randomly with each given a number. Nine people had to organize those icons from the most negative to the most positive representation, as they perceived them.

Airbient emoji test

It looked like a small logical test where you could assume that everyone would get the same results, but it was surprisingly different. It's interesting to see how they perceive the emotions behind each icon differently than the next person.

The end result of the frequency of each emoji in the list for each test person looks like this.

Airbient emoji test

Onboarding

Airbient project - Onboarding step 1
Airbient project - Onboarding step 2
Airbient project - Onboarding step 3

Air quality

Airbient project - Good air quality
Airbient project - Moderate air quality
Airbient project - Unhealthy air quality
Airbient project - Unhealthier air quality
Airbient project - Very unhealthy air quality
Airbient project - Hazardous air quality

Route selection

Airbient project - Route options
Airbient project - Chosen route

Timeline

Airbient project - Timeline
Airbient project - Timeline datepicker

Fallbacks

Airbient project - Location permission failed fallback
Airbient project - Location failed fallback
Airbient project - Data failed fallback

Other

Airbient project - Notification center
Airbient project - Air quality legend