Personal Air-Quality Meter Connects to the Cloud
CREDIT: Joseph Saavedra
In an attempt to motivate people to consider the environment around them, a recent graduate of Parsons The New School of Design has created the Citizen Sensor, a wearable device that monitors the air.
The sensor invented by Joe Saavedra is now being developed as a Bluetooth cell phone peripheral, to measure carbon monoxide, dust and other air quality conditions in the immediate area.
Users choose which environmental aspect they wish to monitor for instance, UV levels or noise pollution and then can compare it with data elsewhere around the world, by connecting with other Citizen Sensor users through online scientific or social networks. The device pairs with an Android and iOS app that Saavedra developed.
Like many cloud applications, this app turns each person into a sensor and builds a large-scale model from all those individual data points.
The device, which won the Cologne International Design Prize, was presented at this year's Design Indaba Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.
The conference brings together various sectors of society and displays projects that will enhance the world. According to its website, "Design Indaba recognizes graphic design, advertising, film, music, fashion design, industrial design, architecture, craft, visual art, new media, publishing, broadcasting and performing arts shoulder-to-shoulder."
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