We’re Anna, Chris, and Yan, a trio of three mad scientists who love building, measuring, and making.
During Anna’s time as a PhD student at Johns Hopkins University, her job was to gather data by placing sensors in cities around the world. The sensors didn’t communicate, and she spent a lot of time and money going and gathering the sensors. In some places, it meant that whole seasons would pass before we knew that the network was in the correct location or even worked at all.
We thought, there had to be a better, faster, and cheaper way, so Anna got together with Chris, a PhD student at JHU who was developing water sensors, and Yan, a mechanical engineer who is trained in industrial production. Together, we built our first product, a wireless temperature sensor.
Word got around about what we were working on, and a few professors approached us about a similar solution for air quality monitoring for an EPA project. We built a modular, open-source air quality monitor that uses low-power and low-cost analogue air quality sensors and corresponding software to improve the calibration beyond what was initially possible.
We incorporated in 2018 following our successful PhD defenses, and since then, we’ve worked a Gates Foundation study to lower the cost of measuring the health impact of cookstoves in developing countries, University of Texas and TxDOT to monitor for wildfires, and a smart city company in the Middle East. Our sensors have been used everywhere from the mountains of Peru to villages in Uganda to Saharan cities.
While we were working on these problems, we met lots of people who wanted a product similar to the ones we were developping, and so we joined Techstars to bring this to market, developping the hardware, firmware, cloud server infrastructure, and app in just 100 days.
Currently, the team is working on projects that include a leak detection device for oil and gas, a water sensor for a large NGO, and a crazy consumer product so secretive that we can’t share. We have a passion for environment challenges, and we’re always up for new hard problems.