The researchers at the Human-IST research center have created a novel interactive device, called ComfortBox, which can notify its users when the quality of environment decays.
Typically in meeting rooms or shared offices, the level of CO2 increases over time, leading rapidly to a situation where we might feel lethargy or a headache. Unfortunately, we are not sensitive enough to the gradual changes in the quality of air. This concern is especially pronounced considering that we spend more than 90% of our time indoor. ComfortBox is equipped with a rich set of sensors that can monitor environmental parameters such as temperature, humidity, air flow, CO2, noise, etc. When an unhealthy situation is detected or predicted to happen shortly, it subtly communicates the message with its users, so they would always trust that comfort is inspected in the box!