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Miniature drones act as personal air cleaners

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A pinecone-shaped drone could one day become the solution to health problems caused by high levels of air pollution in today's cities.

Currently in the second stage of submission at the 2014 Electrolux design competition, the purpose of the UrbanCONE, designed by Michal Pospiech of Poland's Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, is to purify the air around an individual.

Inspired by Jellyfish, the personal drone has flaps with air filters underneath. In the project's description, the UrbanCONE aims to make our microclimate more beneficial to both mental and physical health. Pospiech adds that each drone can also be fitted with aromas tailored to the user's mood.

The drone has been designed with the possibilities of our future world in mind. Heavy manufacturing, industry and population growth are all contributing to an increase in air pollution -- China comes to mind as a major example where sometimes pollution is so bad in cities masks must be worn outside -- and unless we change our behaviour as a species, this future might not be as far away as we think. The UrbanCONE does not address the wider challenge of air pollution, but could one day become a necessity eventually for daily urban living.

Read on: Fast Co.Exist

Image credit: Electrolux|Michal Pospiech

— By on June 26, 2014, 4:57 AM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure