Professor Frank Kelly along with a few environmental scientists from King’s College London teamed up with artist Kasia Molga to create a Human Sensor a few days back. The sensor is basically a collection of some best quality costumes that respond to air pollution within the wearer’s body. Molga went down to the streets of Manchester along with her huge clan of Human Sensors in order to let people know about the dangers of air pollution for people staying an urban atmosphere.
Figure 1: Human Sensor
Every single suit offered under this category comes with a mini sized aerosol monitor that is directly connected with a GPS watch and a Raspberry Pi system. These devices collect data from every place and send it back to a publicly accessible site. Presently, the information sent is submitted and stored at a later date.
The Pi also takes care of the LEDs that are installed in the suit, it causes them to flash, produce patterns, and pulsate to produce colors that change as per the change in atmosphere. The LED system of the suit works in coordination with pollution particles present in air, this will alter the color of the suit that is originally white in color.. For e.g., if you are walking by a green patch of land you will find your suit turning green while along smoky industrial areas it will turn dark grey.
To the maker’s surprise, the suits were received with enthusiasm in Manchester and a shock to the residents of the city. The effects of air pollution have been known for long and a constant struggle that is being reminded by environmentalists to people. The physical reminders like this suit can definitely help in giving a tangible proof of potential dangers of increasing pollution. If it can affect your clothes so adversely, imagine what damage it will be causing to your system.
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