AIIMS launches air pollution protection device

By DNA Correspondent, 2017-10-25 11:05:23

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday launched a device which will be used for personal protection from air pollution. The device, called as 'Airlens', is a nasal wearable device created by a team of Indian Institute of Delhi (IIT) with the help of AIIMS doctors. This team 'PerSapien Innovations' is now a start-up venture, recognised by the government of India.

Owing to the suffocating pollution in the Capital, the device would help filter out the pollutants in the air based on molecular technology - an app system backed by advanced technology for providing air pollution data at a personal level and feedback on protection achieved. The two-centimeter use-and-throw device has the capacity to bring the air to safe levels for the individual.

"This does not require any attachments and is very easy to carry. We are still awaiting patent on this one and have applied for the patent in the name of PerSapien, which stands for saving (per) each (sapiens) human life. Through PerSapien, we are trying to give an opportunity to every human being to get protection from the worsening air pollution," said Shashi Ranjan, one of the team members and a researcher at IIT.

Currently, the device is available only for children at an affordable price, which is Rs 500 per month i.e. Rs 15 per day, and can be bought from the team's website ''.

In future, the team will be launching a product for adults as well.

The product was launched at the Constitution Club of India by AIIMS Director Padamshree Randeep Guleria, who said that pollution is a silent killer which is creating a health emergency in the country, and there is a strong need to initiate a movement to protect the environment.

Three months back AIIMS, along with four other institutes, started a study focusing on the effects of air pollution. The four centers, which started its survey in July 2017, will also focus on the emergency admissions due to air pollution during the weather change. The study, funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research, will release the one-year trend in July next year.


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