City living has a lot of benefits. Whether you enjoy the nightlife, sampling all manner of cuisine, or going out for a show, the city has you covered. And so does the air pollution. High-density living can't help but reduce the quality of the air we breathe.
What city dwellers really need is a second pair of lungs to filter out all the crap they breathe in every day. And that, roughly speaking, is just what designer Jorge Alberto Treviño Blanco's air purifier does. Dubbed Ohita, Blanco's purifier is an inhaling, exhaling extra lung which filters out the bad and then breathes clean air all over you.
But simply cleaning the air is old-hat, and if Ohita really is a step into the future, we expect a little something extra from it. On that, Ohita delivers. Not only is this little spare lung controllable via smartphone, it also analyzes every bit of air that it breathes in. From your smartphone you can check just how bad the air around you is, and even post the stats on Facebook or Twitter, if you feel so inclined.
On the other hand, if you find yourself in a particularly wonderful-smelling pocket of air, you can tell Ohita to store a sample of it for you — like a scent snapshot.
Still a concept, Ohita isn't going to be hitting store shelves just yet, but it is already garnering some serious attention. Ohita is a semi-finalist in the 2013 Electrolux Design Lab competition. Take a gander at the gallery below to see just what Jorge Alberto Treviño Blanco' concept will look like when it becomes a reality. And for more details about Ohita and Blanco himself, you can check out his submission page here.