As our world becomes more polluted, design students entering the Electrolux Design Lab competition are sprinting toward a solution. Here’s one idea called the Hand Tree, a wristband that works as a personal air purifier that cleans the air around you, and perhaps across our entire planet.
The Hand Tree design concept was created by Alexandr Kostin of the Russian Federation. It’s an anti-pollution bracelet that works like a plant, taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. At the same time, it removes dust, harmful gases, smoke and contaminants from the air, and can even accommodate a fragrance pack.
You can place it in Personal Mode to purify the area around you, or place it in Global Mode to filter the air in general.
Alexandr’s Hand Tree was selected as one of the 20 finalists in the annual Electrolux Design Lab competition, where the winner will receive a prize of €5000, plus a six-month paid internship at an Electrolux global design center.
Take a look at the video above to see more details about how it works, while you think of Alexandr’s vision of millions of people wearing these bracelets, scrubbing the air all over the planet as if it were populated by a gigantic forest of cleansing trees and plants.