If you suffer from hayfever, there's a good chance you're familiar with antihistamines. And if you're a professional antihistamine-taker, you no doubt start your intake a few months ahead of summer - a plan that was given to me a few years back by a pharmacist, and a plan I routinely forget to implement.

But what if you could just filter out all the crap around you? Like a personal force field that blocks out all the pollen, providing you with only the good stuff. How much would you pay for that? 2 million pounds? 20 million pounds? Ok, ok - I'll stop with the shopping channel setup - but it's likely something you'd be willing to invest in, right? Cool, say hello to Wynd.

Wynd manages to create a bubble of clean air around you by filtering out dust, smoke, allergens, and pollution - capturing particles as small as 0.3um. At its core, you have a small, sleek-looking desk fan that's portable enough to carry with you wherever you go (good for parents looking to provide clean air on the go for kids in buggies), but it's so much more than that once you dive into the details. It features a medical-grade air filter, as well as the world's smallest commercial particulate sensor.

We've focussed on hayfever as the biggest draw, but you can also throw spores, mould, cat dander, bacteria, dust mite allergens, and a whole load more into the mix (head here for more information on what it filters).

"Over a billion people are affected by poor air quality," explains CEO and founder, Ray Wu. "I wanted to create a product to help breathe healthier air, so Wynd was developed for people across the globe, whether they’re located in Los Angeles, London, Beijing, or New Delhi."

But what about the bigger picture? Thankfully Wu has that covered: "One of our goals is to build the most comprehensive collections of air quality data to help people better understand their environment. With this data, communities can observe which office spaces, schools, hotels, and other public spaces are providing healthy environments for their users and which spaces need to improve." That's a truly excellent vision, wouldn't you agree?

To further find out about the product, and how Wu sees it evolving with time, we sent him a bunch of questions to answer, which he kindly answered. Read on below.

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What made you create WYND?

Wynd is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and I founded the company after a successful post-college career in engineering and business. As an avid traveller, I was concerned about air pollution and air quality issues, especially when visiting my loved ones in China. Over a billion people are affected by poor air quality, I wanted to create a product to help breathe healthier air, so Wynd was developed for people across the globe, whether they’re located in Los Angeles, London, Beijing, or New Delhi.

Could you talk us through how it got made? What was the most important aspect of the creation process?

We designed and invented all aspects of Wynd in the Bay Area, with the help of renowned designers such as Mike Nuttall, the co-founder of IDEO. In this process, we ended up inventing our own air quality sensor and filed over 5 patents on some core technologies around air quality sensing and purification. Once we created the initial prototypes we needed to prepare Wynd for mass production, which led us to travel to Shenzhen and learn how products can be scaled to be made en masse. It took us over two years on this journey but we started mass production of Wynd in April 2017.

The most important aspect of the creation process is making sure we stay true to the vision of the design and the functionality of the product while making sure that we also know how to bring that vision to a practical reality in a mass production process. You need to use both your left and right brains in this process to make a product that can be delivered in good quality to your customers and supporters.

How do you see the product evolving over time (if at all)?

Wynd is the leader in air quality, both in terms of the hardware that monitors and cleans your environment, and also the air quality data that helps alerts and informs the entire community. One of our goals is to build the most comprehensive collections of air quality data to help people better understand their environment. With this data, communities can observe which office spaces, schools, hotels, and other public spaces are providing healthy environments for their users and which spaces need to improve. This data can start a movement for whole communities and towns to collectively reduce pollution and enable a healthier environment for all. We're very excited for the next stage of our company's growth.

How important was the aesthetic for you?

Design and functionality was of utmost importance to us while creating Wynd. We partnered with Mike Nuttall, the co-founder of IDEO to design the most beautiful and functional product for consumers and it paid off! Our product is intuitive to use, alerts you only when needed, and combines simplicity with internal innovative technology such as air flow turbines and laser-based air quality sensors. We want our users to keep Wynd next to them wherever they go to work, live, and play.

What's the reception been like for the product? What would you say has been the number one talking point?

We received outstanding support during our crowdfunding campaign, culminating in over $600K of pre-orders from over 80 countries. The top 10 countries that Wynd received support from are the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, South Korea and China. We have shipped thousands of Wynd purifiers and sensors to date, as well as over 20,000 replacement air filters. Wynd is currently available for purchase on our site and Amazon LaunchPad. Our number one talking point is how well it integrates with people’s lives to reduce everything from allergies to symptoms from air pollution.

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To find out more about Wynd, and to purchase one for yourself, head to shop.hellowynd.com. It currently retails for $199.00.