We all have good intentions when we fill our fridges with an abundance of healthy produce. We’ll definitely eat it within just a few days, we tell ourselves. But when we wait too long, the inevitable occurs. The kale starts to wilt. The carrots go soft. The berries are covered in mold. What if you could buy a small air purifier that lived inside your refrigerator, reducing the bacterial load to keep your food fresh longer? Then you might actually get to make that antioxidant-rich spa salad instead of having to throw the ingredients away.
Currently wrapping up a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, the
To use it, you just select the mode you want (eco, standard, or boost); place it in the fridge wherever it fits best, including in a drawer or door; and reap the benefits. Shelfy’s makers claim the device can keep some vegetables like zucchini good for as long as 22 days, and extend the lives of fast-rotting foods like strawberries by up to a week.
The Shelfy uses an advanced ceramic filter, a silent fan, and a battery to take in air inside the refrigerator through mechanical ventilation, passing it through a photocatalytic filter that destroys pollutants. After a while, it’ll notify you that it’s time to remove the filter and wash it under running water, or charge it via a USB-C plug. You can control it with the Vitesy Hub app and connect it to Amazon Alexa and Google Home via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The Shelfy also monitors your refrigerator’s energy consumption based on how many times you open the door.
The designers explain that they “conducted research at
“Shelfy uses an innovative and sustainable nanomaterial-based photocatalytic technology since the filter doesn’t need to be replaced, just washed under running water. Photocatalysis is a safe chemical reaction that absorbs air pollutants and turns them into harmless elements. The use of this technology guarantees safety, better performance, and less consumption. In this way, we make Vitesy technology sustainable and effective.”
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