Arduino Air Aware

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Pollution impacts everyone everyday.  This semester I got the chance to explore the world of Arduino in an attempt to create something that would help people be safer in harsh environments.  The Air Aware mask filters the air breathed by the wearer as well as monitors the air around.  AA can detect trace amounts of volatile organic compounds or VOCs and many gases to one, protect the user and two, to warn them and those around of the unseen threats.  When Air Aware picks up abnormal particles/ gases the Arduino controller changes the fiber-optics from green, blue to red, purple.

 

Air Aware is still in it’s prototype phases and as of now is very crudely pieced together.  In construction, we went through many tests and trials of both the housing for the Arduino and air sensor and the mask itself.  Finding the best way to display the colors was one of the challenges my team ran into and still needs to be brighter and more exciting.  For this version, we used 3D printed housings made of PLA and the bridge connecting the two made of a more flexible 3D printed rubber composite.

 

Special thanks to my team:

Yang Shan & Sean Moss

The Author

My name is ZJ Hawk and I am a recent graduate of architectural design at Temple University in Philadelphia.  This fall I will be continuing my education at the Pratt Institute GAUD studio.  Design is something that must be made, drawn, cut up and reassembled; design is a process.  I share my work to inspire others to create and I hope to inspire you!

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