Aerochromics: Clothing that changes color when exposed to air pollution #WearableWednesday
Ecouterre has the scoop on Aerochromics’s pollution sensing clothes.
Faced with a world of increasing outdoor air pollution, designer Nikolas Gregory Bentel decided to help fellow city dwellers monitor their own environments. Bentel has recently released a new line of pollution-detecting shirts, Aerochromics, which fluctuate in color when exposed to various pollution levels in the air. Although the shirts put information in the hands of the wearer, Aerochromics carry a $500 price tag, which limits the eco-conscious customer to those with as much cash flow as interest in their environments.
Although pricey, Aerochromics are effective pollution-detecting garments. The long sleeve shirts reveal three artistic patterns, each in black and white, which react when exposed to carbon monoxide, particulate pollution and radiation. Once the air reaches an Air Quality Index of 60 or above, the Aerochromic dye begins to react, and slowly reveal the hidden pattern which is completely shown at an AQI of 160.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.