Every year Avast Software's goal is creating substantial PR, during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, using Innovation Labs. For 2016's edition Innovation Labs developed Avast Air Quality. An air quality sensor which connected through bluetooth to a mobile app. The sensor is able to detect if the air the user is breathing poses a potential risk to his/her health.
Keeping our customers safe
In 2016, we explored ways to keep our customers safe through smart air quality measurements and alerts.
We envision that a device like Avast Air Quality would help raise awareness of the air quality issue and would convince people to take action against air pollution inside and outside their homes.
What can it measure?
The mobile device is able to determine the Air Quality Index & Allergy Index together with 8 other different chemical compounds and environmental factors:
Carbon monoxide (CO)
Ammonia (NH3)
Ultraviolet light index (UVI)
Illuminance (LUX)
Temperature (°C/°F)
Relative Humidity (RH)
Particulate Matter 10 (PM10)
Nitrogen Dioxide NO2

PIC: Quick sketch by product owner Andrei Piftor.
Utilitarian at its core
Based on a sketch by the product manager I designed the apps UI. The app was utilitarian at its core. The straight to the point interface filled with clear iconography was instantly legible through the use of signal colours.
Although the public reacted enthusiastic Avast's Air Quality mobile device was part of our ongoing research into new ways to extend the safety of our customers, both in the online world and offline world.
Currently this is just a prototype and we don’t have any plans launch it as commercial product.
"Christian has been an important part of our innovation design team for 4 years. I am pleased to vouch for his high standards, attention to detail, and well-developed sense of visual style. Christian has been our lead visual designer, with notable successes in defining and rolling out brand identity."
Maurice McGinley
Design Director at Avast Software

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