miBox: THE HOME MOSQUITO TRAP
HELP ME KILL MOSQUITOS* AND SAVE LIVES
(*Lots and lots of mosquitos.)
I don’t hate mosquitos. Truly, I don’t. But the annoying, flying bug is more than a source of painful bumps and lost sleep: it’s a killer that we can stop.
Mosquitos carry diseases, and every year hundreds of thousands of people die preventable deaths because of these tiny insects.
To stop mosquitos I’ve developed the miBox, a personal, indoor mosquito trap that protects people in their homes. miBox works while you sleep, it works while you’re awake, it works in any room of the house, and it’s smart.
It’s a smart mosquito trap that fits in any room of your home that attracts mosquitos and kills them without posing any harm to people.
I’ve included many more details about how the miBox works further down, but for now, I want to talk about why I made it.
I USE IT TO PROTECT MY OWN CHILDREN
Here are where my children sleep, and here are the miBoxes that protect them from mosquitos.
I use the miBox to protect my own children from diseases. Specifically, I use it to protect them from disease that mosquitos carry.
Mosquitos carry a lot of diseases, and I want to be able to bring this invention to children, families, and indoor spaces all around the world to help prevent the spread of mosquito born illnesses.
What kind of diseases am I talking about. These:
- West Nile Virus
- Dengue Fever
These diseases cause millions of people to suffer every year, and not just in developing nations. Over the past several decades, mosquito-borne illnesses have been appearing in developed nations at rates never seen before.
Malaria is one of the deadliest diseases in the world, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. In 2011 alone, there were nearly 100 million cases of malaria and at least 349,000 deaths. Some experts say that the number of deaths is widely under reported because so many people in developing areas die before they can be diagnosed with the disease. Because of this, some people believe that as many as 1 million people per year die from malaria.
That’s one million preventable deaths per year because of a single mosquito-born disease.
And it happens in the United States too. Here’s a map of the number of malaria cases that were reported in 2007.
Malaria, even for those who don’t die from it, is a horrible, painful disease. I don’t want to get into too many details, but being bitten by a mosquito and suffering the effects of Malaria is a devastating experience. Here are some first hand accounts:
WEST NILE VIRUS
Prior to 1999 there wasn’t a single case of West Nile Virus in the United States. It was a disease that was almost entirely found in tropical or sub-tropical nations. But that has all changed.
In 1999, when the first cases started appearing in the United States, 65 people were infectedwith West Nile Virus and 7 of them died.
Last year, in 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there were 5,387 cases of West Nile Virus in the United States, resulting in 243 deaths. That’s an 80-fold increase in just over a decade.
West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans through mosquitos. The mosquitos that carry the virus used to be confined only to tropical and sub-tropical areas, but they have spread drastically in recent years.
There is no vaccine against West Nile Virus, and the only way to effectively limit exposure is by limiting contact with mosquitos. That means stopping them or killing them.
The third big mosquito-spread disease is Dengue Fever. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 50 to 100 million infections occur every year. Of that number, there are at least 22,000 deaths. And most of those , including 500,000 DHF cases and 22,000 deaths, most of them children.
In Latin America and Asia, Dengue is a huge problem. Almost half of the world’s population is threatened by this disease, and though most American cases occur in the Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico, it’s a growing problem. Here are some links:
Dengue in the United States. http://www.cdc.gov/dengue/epidemiology/index.html#us
Educational Video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PUsdv1kDTc
AND THAT IS JUST THE BEGINNING
There are a lot more mosquito-borne diseases out there that I haven’t talked about. La Crosse encephalitis, Viral hemorrhagic fever, Rift Valley fever, Japanese encephalitis, Murray Valley encephalitis virus, Saint Louis encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis virus, Western equine encephalitis virus, Ross River fever…you get the point.
But if you stop the mosquitos, you stop the diseases.
GLOBAL TEMPEARATURE CHANGE
Why are all these diseases spreading? Why is West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever and Malaria showing up in places like the United States? It’s because of global warming.
As global temperatures have slowly increased, mosquitos have been spreading out from the tropics and subtropics, bringing the normally tropical diseases with them. This progression will only increase as temperatures continue rising, and more populations that have been previously isolated from these mosquito-born diseases will become exposed.
I want miBox to be there when this happens. I want it to protect families everywhere so they can sleep safely. I want it in hotels so when travellers stay they have peace of mind. I want it everywhere mosquito-borne disease hurt and kill people.
HOW TO SUPPORT THIS CAMPAIGN
- Buy a miBoxe.
- Buy 100 miBoxes.
- Buy any number of miBoxes you can afford or simply pledge your support at any level you feel comfortable with.
- Tell your friends about the danger mosquitos pose and the diseased they carry.
- Link to this campaign on your blog, website, Facebook page, wherever. Tweet about it. Use my pictures: download press pictures
I know I was long winded, but the miBox is something I feel strongly about, and I want your help to get my product to as many people as possible.
I believe the miBox can save lives, maybe a lot of lives. And I appreciate any help you can give me.
A MIBOX FOR EVERYONE
miBox is the new mosquito trap designed specifically for indoor home use. Just place the miBox somewhere in your house and you’ll never have to worry about the annoying little insects again.
Want open windows but don’t want to let mosquitos in? No problem. With miBox, the flying bloodsuckers ignore you and fly straight to the trap. No fuss, no muss.
How does it work? The miBox mosquito trap lures mosquitos much better than you can. To you, miBox doesn’t look like anything special, but to mosquitos it emits an odor they can’t resist. It’s the mosquito equivalent of a mousetrap, luring the mosquitos in with their own blood-thirsty desires and then eliminating them without any danger to you or your family.
And to make sure they get in but don’t get out, miBox breathes. It exhales mosquito perfume—carbon dioxide or CO2—and inhales the annoying bugs. This naturally occurring gas is the same thing you breathe our when you exhale, and to mosquitos, it’s like a siren song. Once they get a whiff they’re powerless to stop themselves from going after it. Then, once they’re close to the myBox: bye-bye to mosquitos forever.
HELP ME KEEP MOSQUITOS AT BAY EVERYWHERE
I invented miBox to bring effective home mosquito control to everyone, which is why I want you to help me fund my invention through my indiegogo fundraising campaign: mosquitointrouble. I’ve also set up a website, mosquitointrouble.com, where the miBox will be available after the indigogo campaign ends.
By buying one, two, or more miBoxes, you’ll help me get this project started while keeping your home mosquito safe, no matter where you live.
Simply go to indiegogo.com and back the mosquitointrouble campaign. Whether you order one miBox for your self or 10 or more to give to friends and family, every contribution you make will help me bring this potentially lifesaving invention to people all across the globe
CHOOSE YOUR VERSION
miBox one is the basic version of the mosquitointrouble system. It lures mosquitos in by slowly releasing C02. The scent drives mosquitos crazy, and when they get too close, miBox traps them inside and kills them hygienically and without any danger to you, your family, or your pets.
- $129. The first 99 people to buy a miBox one through the mosquitointrouble fund-raising campaign save $40.
- $169. After the first 99 are sold, the regular price of $169 will apply.
miBox two is has an arduino based microcontroller inside that gives it many more functions than the miBox one. The miBox two will tell you the last time it caught a mosquito, allow you to program it to turn it on and off when you wish, and will even let you know when it’s time to replace the CO2 cartridges so you never have to worry about a gap in protection.
- $200. The first 99 people to purchase a miBox 2 and support the mosquitointrouble project get a discounted price that’s almost $60 lower than the regular purchase price.
- $258. The miBox two will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of about $258.
miBox two/Wifi has the same features as the miBox two, but it also connects via WIFI to your computer or smartphone.
With its more powerful arduino processor, you can switch control the miBox two/WIFI from anywhere. It collects loads of data so you can better customize it get the most possible use out of your home mosquito defense system.
For tinkerers and developers, the enhanced arduino hardware gives you a lot more flexibility in being able to control your miBox two/WIFI and integrate it into other systems.
- $250. The first 30 people to buy the miBox Two/WIFI will save $140 off the retail price.
- $349. The next 99 people to support the project by purchasing a miBox two/WIFI will save $30
- $389. Approximate MSRP
miBox Trekk One
The miBox Trekk is an easily portable miBox that you can take with you when you’re out in the world. This mobile version is easily transportable and perfect for sticking in your backpack or laptop bag whenever you have to go somewhere.
$259. The miBox Trekk is only currently at this price. (But it’s still worth it.)
REMOTE OBSERVATION AND CONTROL
Your miBox two/WIFI is controllable through your iPhone or Android smartphone, as well as through any computer with an Internet connection. Whether you want to check to see if your CO2 cartridges need to be replaced or just keep score on the number of flying vampires you’ve killed, you can do it with ease with your miBox two/WIFI.
- Collect separate data from each miBox two/WIFI. Measure peak hours, temperature correlations, and kill times.
- Integrate the miBox two/WIFI into your home temperature control and other automation systems.
- Manage the running time of each unit to save CO2 cartridges and make each unit more efficient.
- Receive automatic message updates when each miBox two/WIFI makes a kill.
- Modify the arduino software to personalize and customize each device.
- Share your data and PHP scripts with the mosquitointrouble.com server and other miBox users all around the world.
The miBox two/WIFI is ready to be customized and matched to your personal preferences. All the miBox code is written in PHP and Arduino, Wiring, C and C++.
For more information about arduino visit www.arduino.cc
Ernst Urs Streidl
maker of things