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Coway Airmega AP-1512HHS: Smart Air Purifier and Clean Design



However, purified air also provides health benefits to anyone that works in an office or spends long periods at home.

To address these concerns, numerous air purifiers have appeared on the market to clear the air. The latest one is the Coway Airmega. Here’s my review of this smart air purifier.

About the Coway Airmega AP-1512HHS Air Purifier

Coway uses a four-stage filtration to clean and purify the air in areas that are approximately 325 square feet or smaller. The filtration stages include a pre-filter, an odor filter, a HEPA filter, and a bipolar device design to remove air contaminants.

Features and Functionality

Coway has some standout features offered with this air purifier.  There is an auto mode that continually assesses the air quality and adjusts the fan speed to ensure high-quality air.  The ECO mode syncs the motor with air quality sensors, so the fan only runs if it is needed for purifying the air.

The air purifier has easy to understand and use control buttons, which are located on the top of the Airmega. There are buttons to turn it on and off, fan speed settings air quality light (on/off and red for bad air and blue for good air), filter reset, and WiFi.

Features include an app called the IoCare app. The app allows me the ability to control the air purifier from anywhere. All I had to do was register the air purifier, and then the app starts offering options like a timer where I can set how long I want it to run each day.

The app also controls many of the features located on the control panel, including on/off, fan speed settings, and air quality. Finally, the app gives me real-time air quality reports.

Smart Home Integration

The Coway Airmega also works with virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google. For Alexa, you need to download the Alexa Skill for Coway. To use it with Google, you need to enable the Google Assistant routine. It’s a smooth integration process that took only minutes.

The air purifier also works with Amazon’s Dash replenishment services to ensure you have air filters when needed.

Overall Performance

After testing the air purifier for a few weeks by using the control panel and the app, using different fan speeds and times, I found that the air in our family room — even felt much cleaner. There was no visible pet hair or dust.

The air purifier worked well each time it was used, which was on a daily basis for about a month. The wireless connection and integration with Alexa also never experienced any problems.

What I Like and What Could Be Better

The size of this air purifier is ideal. I’ve tried others that work well for large rooms. However, you have to tote it around on wheels. At just over 12 pounds, this portable size actually suites me better for moving it around our house and even taking it into the office.

The Coway company also offers larger air purifiers that cover more square footage if you need that.

The design stands out — clean air — clean design.

I never really thought about design mattering with an air purifier since all of the ones I’ve ever seen are utilitarian in design. However, Coway proves that you can make something functional that blends seamlessly into the modern home or office thanks to its cool copper-colored front and glossy black exterior.

This is a powerful air purifier because it cleared the air of dog hair and dander as well as dust and other particulate matter. It’s also quiet, which I appreciate if it’s on and I’m reading, working, or watching a movie.

While it seemed expensive at first, I’m pleased with the results. For a smaller air purifier, it works well and delivers on my investment. Also, the filters only need to be replaced once a year and are relatively cheap (approximately $69 each) compared to those used in other air purifiers.

Where to Buy

The Coway Airmega costs $299. You can buy it from their website as well as retailers that include Amazon, Walmart, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohls, and more.

In the Box

The Coway Airmega is the only thing in the box.

Overall Thoughts

If you have allergies or asthma or you just want to enjoy purer air in your home or office, then the Coway Airmega air purifier can help minimize those issues and provide pure air. It provides good value, exceptional design, and reliability that makes it an air purifier to seriously consider.

Deanna Ritchie

Deanna Ritchie

Managing Editor at ReadWrite

Deanna is the Managing Editor at ReadWrite. Previously she worked as the Editor in Chief for Startup Grind and has over 20+ years of experience in content development.


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Flying taxi startup Volocopter raises $40 million and touts potential IPO



Volocopter, a German company that’s developing autonomous electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for commercial air taxi services, has extended its series C funding by another €37 million ($40 million). This takes the round total to €87 million ($94 million), following the original €50 million ($54 million) tranche back in September, and means the company has raised €122 ($132 million) since its inception.

The series C extension backers include German logistics giant DB Schenker, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group, TransLink Capital, Lukasz Gadowski, and Btov.

Founded in 2011, Volocopter is one of a number of urban aviation startups seeking to monetize the skies with a new type of electrified commercial transport vehicle for urban environments. The aircraft can take off and land vertically, like a helicopter, meaning runways and other space-intensive infrastructure isn’t required. Instead, Volocopter envisages smaller urban landing pads, called Voloports, the first of which is already being demonstrated in Singapore.

Volocopter "Voloport" in Singapore showcases

Above: Volocopter “Voloport” in Singapore

Other notable players in the space include German startup Lilium, which has raised more than $100 million to get flying taxis on the market by 2025. Meanwhile, Boeing has also launched a “flying car” prototype, and Airbus has conducted tests for air taxi services.

With another $40 million in the bank, Volocopter said in a statement that it’s well-financed to bring its Volocity aircraft closer to certification, to launch and commercialize a second-generation cargo drone known as VoloDrone, and to hire more “industry experts.” Adding DB Schenker as an investor is also notable and confirms that strategic partnerships with key industry parties will play a core role in getting Volocopter’s technology into the public realm.

“We are convinced that the Volocopter technology has the potential to bring transport logistics to the next dimension for our customers,” said DB Schenker CEO Jochen Thewes, who has also joined Volocopter’s advisory board. “DB Schenker has already tested autonomous and electrical vehicles in several innovation projects and in actual operations. By integrating the VoloDrone into our supply chain of the future we will be able to serve our clients’ demand for fast, remote, emission-neutral deliveries.”

Volocopter also hinted that an initial public offering (IPO) is now on its agenda, though it declined to divulge any definitive timescales. As part of this push, the company has added two independent members to its advisory board — former Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and CAS Software founder Martin Hubschneider.

“We very much welcome the new members to our advisory board, in particular Dieter Zetsche and Martin Hubschneider,” added Volocopter chair Stefan Klocke. “The board will support the management in the further strategic development of the company toward [becoming] the global market leader in urban air mobility and in the preparations for a potential future IPO.”

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Flashback Friday: They’re due someone’s undying gratitude



President of the company calls the IT department to ask how to recall an email message, reports a pilot fish in the loop.

Impossible, tech tells him. Once an email message has been sent to the server, it can’t be recalled, and trying to do so will just draw attention to the email. The president does not want that.

“Next day, my boss calls me and two other members of our department into her office,” says fish. “She says that we have to get that email back. And we can’t let any of the 70 people it was sent to know what we’re doing. Oh, and it was sent two weeks ago.”

Then the boss gives this little pep talk: “That’s nigh unto impossible, right? Well, we regularly have to make the impossible possible.”

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