Birdie Tells You When It’s Time to Open a Window for Fresh Air

Oftentimes we think of air quality solely in terms of the oxygen we breathe while outside. Yet, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends more than 90% of their life indoors. This means the air breathed at home, in the office, or anywhere indoors is most vital to our health. Birdie is an adorably conceived wall-mounted CO2 monitoring device equipped to help determine whether it’s time to crack open a window or turn on an air purifier.

Birdie yellow bird-shaped air quality monitor installed onto wall over low 2 shelf bookcase with small rectangular paper lantern with books and magazines stored in shelves.

Instead of reporting complex data points, graphics, or charts, Birdie simplifies air quality reporting with a “canary in a coal mine” visual interface.

Two hands holding Birdie yellow bird-shaped air quality monitor while installing it onto a white wall.

When air quality dips, so does Birdie, incrementally drooping from a vertical position on its perch. The winged reporter continues until a window is opened to invite fresh air to reset the CO2 back toward safer figures. It’s not only a simple and intuitive means of communicating sometimes difficult to understand environmental information, but is also a playfully realized object with a decorative design that people ages from 3 to 100 can glean vital information with just a quick glance.

Birdie yellow bird-shaped air quality monitor in upright position installed onto a wall, showing healthy C02 range.

Birdie yellow bird-shaped air quality monitor in upright position installed onto a wall, showing slight decrease from optimal quality of interior air quality.

Birdie yellow bird-shaped air quality monitor in completely downward position installed onto a wall, as one example of what poor interior air quality report looks like.

If levels of CO2 reach over 1,000 ppm for over ten minutes, Birdie looks like this until the air quality returns to 800 ppm or better.

Because there’s no screen to power, Birdie’s battery life is measured in months. The rechargeable battery is rated to keep the yellow bird in operation up to 6 months with a 4-hour recharge. If you’d rather not worry about the battery at all, there is the option to install the Birdie with a plug-in charger.

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Barbie pink special edition variant of the Birdie air quality monitor, shown both in its box and also as a cutout against blue sky background

Birdie creators Andreas Kofoed Sørensen and Hans Høite Augustenborg also just released an amusing limited edition Barbie-inspired variant if you’re more partial to Barbie pink than canary yellow. You can even nab a discount if you DM a picture of your Barbie movie ticket.

Overhead of Birdie air quality monitor cardboard box packaging with shadows across white surface. Box is embellished with white line color drawing of the Birdie on the front.

If you’re motivated to avoid using plastic items, note Birdie is made from 100% recycled plastic.

Birdie is available for $189 in either standard canary yellow or hot pink edition (with an option to just switch out the bird to pink for $29).

Gregory Han is a Senior Editor at Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, hiking, tide pools, and road trips, a selection of his adventures and musings can be found at gregoryhan.com.

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