BY SUNDIP R. DOSHI
Disruptive Technologies of the last 25 Years
These days, the word “disruption” is thrown around like candy during halloween. Ask ten people what technologies they think have been disruptive in the last twenty five years and you get many different answers. But some notable disruptive technologies have to include (in no specific rank) the world wide web (www), touchscreen, virtual and augmented reality, natural language processing, Bluetooth, 3D printing, bitcoin, smartphones and apps, robots/robotics, Wi-Fi, CRISPR genomics, and the internet of things to name a few. These technologies have changed, and continue to change our lives in ways that we simply would not have imagined twenty five years ago.
we take 20,000 breaths a day, do we know what we are breathing?
The Business of Air
We know what’s in the food we eat, we know what’s in the water we drink, but we know very little about what’s in the air we breathe and the implications.
NEWS FLASH – A large and growing body of studies clearly show a correlation between the air we breathe and its impact on health and wellness. But unfortunately, it’s not real to most of us because it’s hard to conceive a direct correlation. We take 20,000 breaths a day without knowing whether what we are breathing is good or bad for us. If you think about it, there should be a label on the air we breathe!
more than 90% of us want to know what’s in the air we breathe
The Air Sensor
Now, imagine an air sensor that followed you around like the smartphone you can never seem to do away with. Imagine that it informed you about your surrounding air and it’s short and long term consequences. Imagine if the information coming your way allowed you to take specific steps that will make all the difference in your breathing, your diabetes, you being obese, your cardiovascular health, your exposure to deadly chemicals, your brain development, perhaps even prevent specific health triggers like asthma, COPD, seizures, or even autoimmune disorders. Perhaps more important, imagine this for our children or our elders. For some of you, this may just be too much information. But a recent non-scientific survey (the wall) concluded that more than 90% of us would like to know what’s in the air we breathe and do something about it.
one trillion nano gas sensors by 2030 will forever change how you think about the air you breathe
Let the Disruption Begin
Good news – a nano gas sensor (AerNos) can tell us what’s in the air we breathe, what matters most and what you can do about it. It will become like all the gadgets you can’t seem to live without. It might tell you more than you care to know – but it will give you a choice – a choice you don’t have today. I think it won’t take long before we won’t want to take a single breath without knowing what’s in the air we are breathing.
By 2030, I predict a trillion nano gas sensors integrated in gadgets everywhere – our smartphones, planes, homes, offices, cars, street lights, wearables, trains, ships, space stations, and robots – you get the idea. Bottom line – knowledge is power – power to make a change.
The business of air is the next disruptive frontier and it’s coming to a gadget near you!