Wynd may look a little like an Amazon Echo, but it’s actually trying to be the best air purifier for mold on the market – in a portable way.
In this case, the design gives you a lot of clues as to how the Wynd works. It takes air into those holes around the base, and pushes it out again through the top. There’s a mini stand that allows you to set the purifier up on a desk and angle it, but the creators are quick to point out that you can fit it in a car cup holder, a baby seat, and pretty much any other place that you want to take it. Apparently, the battery can last for a fully 8 hours before you need to charge it, which means you really can take it around all day.
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But an air purifier is only as good as the filter that it uses to purify the air, right? The Wynd uses a 0.3 micron filter, about the equivalent of a HEPA filter (although Wynd does not claim to be a HEPA device). That’s enough to filter out many different types of smoke (only some tobacco smoke, though), dander, mold spores, most types of pollen, bacteria, most dust mite junk, and so on.
That’s pretty good for such a small purifier: plus, Wynd says that it can move more than 8 liters of clean air per second, which is very impressive. Replacement filters will be $7 each.
That’s not all Wynd has, either – the device also comes with tracker, a little widget that you set close to the purifier (it can also be stored in a slot under the purifier). It will measure air purity via the level of particles in the air, and send the info to your phone so you can check it out. Switch to auto mode, and Wynd will automatically adjust itself based on the particular concentration – we’re not sure what this means, but it seems to increase airflow.
Does the Wynd actually improve the air you are breathing in? What’s the radius? Tests by the Research Triangle Institute on an 8 by 10-foot room showed a dramatic decrease in air particles, which is good – however, we wonder what the effect would be in a larger space or the outdoors, where there’s a lot of moving air. Still, Wynd has all the signs of a product that will sell well in the overpolluted cities of the world.
You can get the full kit for $130.