Dyson has entered the IoT industry with the launch of its first internet connected device. The technology company has introduced the Pure Cool Link, the new version of its air purifier that was initially launched last year in China.
The company has also launched the Dyson Link app that will allow users of the Pure Cool Link fan to check the air temperature, quality and humidity at home, see the history of air quality and install air quality limits. The app can be used on both Android and iOS platforms.
The fan uses a 360-degree glass HEPA filter, which traps 99.95% of pollutants, including chemicals, dust, spores, cookers, fires and tobacco smokes.
“We think it is polluted outside of our homes, but the air inside can be far worse. Dyson engineers focused on developing a purifier that automatically removes ultrafine allergens, odours and pollutants from the indoor air, feeding real time air quality data back to you,” said Dyson’s founder, James Dyson.
The users can also use the fan at night by switching it to a Night Mode, what makes it work quieter. They will also be able to launch the device remotely and set the time for starting the cleaner. If the cleaner’s filter needs to be changed the Link app will send a notification to a user’s smartphone. If running the fan 12 hours a day, the filter will last for about a year.
“Modern homes have been built to be more sealed against noise and trap heat, which means the pollutants we create inside the home are also trapped and build up to levels up to five times more polluted indoors than out,” said Hugo Wilson, Dyson’s design lead.
The Pure Cool Link purifier will be available in desk and tower modes. The desk variant will cost £350, while the tower version will be priced at £450. Both models will have the same filter performance. The only distinction is the air distribution, as the desk variant can be adjusted for more targeted airflow.
Dyson is planning to produce more IoT devices to allow people control their home appliances when they are outside. The Link app, however, doesn’t work with other IoT systems, including Samsung’s SmartThings kit and Apple’s HomeKit.
Nowadays, the IoT is one of the fastest growing sectors in the IT industry. IoT developers dominated the stage during this year’s CES, which the largest consumer electronics tradeshow in the world.
The research company IDC predicts that the industry will be estimated at 1.7 trillion by 2020. The startups, developing internet-connected products, are attracting the world’s leading investors. Last year, the Virgin Group’s chairman Richard Branson became a lead investor into the connected door bell company Ring, thus showing his interest in the technology.