Sensors are all around us nowadays. From our smartphones, to stores, to a growing number of devices, they are present and gathering data about us. Today, I talk with CubeSensors, a startup aiming to improve our health and well being both at home and at the office.
What is CubeSensors and how did the idea come about?
CubeSensors are small, stylish and connected devices that help you understand how every room in your home or office is affecting your health, comfort and productivity. The Cubes are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and can easily blend in any room you want to optimize for leisure, sleep or work. Each Cube measures temperature, humidity, air quality, noise, light and barometric pressure.
We decided to build CubeSensors to help us understand why we sleep poorly, get headaches, and how to prevent other problems that arise because we spend on average 90% of our lives indoors.
How does it propose to improve people’s lives?
The Cubes help you understand how your home or office environment affects your health, productivity and well-being. And provide advice on how to make small improvements that will make you feel better. For example, the Cubes can tell you when to open the windows before you get a headache or sleep poorly during the night, what the right temperature is for maximum productivity, when your humidity might be encouraging mold growth, and similar practical advice.
How do the sensors inside the Cube interact with the app?
Each Cubes sends measurements from its seven senosors every minute to an internet connected Base station through the ZigBee wireless protocol. The Base station then relays the measurements to our servers, where we analyze the data and make it available to you though a web app from anywhere in the world.
If you just want to get quick feedback about the health of the room you’re in, you can also shake the Cube. If it glows blue, you can relax because everything is within recommended ranges. If you get a red glow, you can check the app for advice on how to improve the environment.
How has the company been growing lately?
We’re just finishing shipping the first batch of CubeSensors and are getting ready for the production of the next, larger batch. We’re also continuously improving the performance of existing CubeSensors and planning improvements for the next batch.
Sensors seem to be getting common in new devices. Do you think all this tracking could have implications in terms of individual’s privacy?
Certainly. Sensor data can tell you a lot about yourself, which is why it’s important for service and hardware providers to take privacy and user data ownership very seriously. Customers should always have the ability to keep their data private, and be the ones to decide if, when and with whom to share their data.
To find out more about CubeSensors visit https://cubesensors.com