The Pollution Talisman
According to the WHO, more than 90% of the world’s population are living in areas that are exceeding the air quality limits for healthy living. When the air pollution is increasing urban spaces have to be monitored to guarantee a non-harmful life.
At the moment air quality Sensors are only stationary which makes it nearly impossible to define the amount of pollution in the air around us at this exactly moment.
Beeing outdoor still means beeing healthy and active but when you are at the wrong spot today beeing outdoor also means beeing exposed to harmful elements and gases.
the Pollution Talisman will give you the chance to be outside, living a healthy life without beeing exposed to gases that interfere with your body.
Measuring air quality is quite a simple task nowadays. With a variety of sensors, you can measure different kinds of gases and particles like O3, NO2, CO2, and Pm10. But what is the benefit of knowing the concentration?
What does it have to do with bio-design?
Pollution is an emerging topic in all European countries but unlike in China the density, even if it is already harmful, is not visible. So how can we experience something that is not visible and figure out how harmful the air we breathe is. This project should create a greater consciousness for the topic of air quality because at the moment we may be aware of the problem but as far as I know mankind will only take action if it is almost too late.
The following concepts should not catastrophize the topic more encourage you to go outside to explore your surrounding and find sports with low levels of pollution.
PRO and CONS of the concepts.
- Thorax creates an intense feeling, but it depends on the weight of the object and the point where it is touching your body. You have to focus on the movement to feel it.
- Breathing Light may not be as intense as thorax but you can easily interact with it and also it gives you a huge variety how to carry it.
Besides the question whether Thorax or Breathing Light is the concept I am going for there are further issues to be solved.
- How will you carry it around?
- Do you have to hold it with your bare hands? Wear it around your neck? Carry it on your keychain? Or is the user free to decide this on his own?
- Is it only indicating the level of pollution and you have to find out where less polluted places are on your own? Or can it guide you to a better place?
I decided to take two concepts to the next stage Thorax and Breathing light.
To proof the concept I build small mockups showing the different functions.
In my eyes, both concepts will work. Thorax has to be in direct contact with your body (e.g., your chest) while Breathing Light will surely work as an object you can carry around with you.
The idea of the Pollution Talisman is to create an object that is connecting you emotionally to the amount of pollution around you. At the moment I’m exploring two different aspects of this project.
The first aspect is the way we would use this talisman. On the one hand, I can imagine it is an object that is stationary maybe at home, at work or in different public spots. On the contrary, it could be a more intense connection if it would be something that you are carrying with you. Furthermore, I can even envision that the talisman is becoming a piece of jewellery you can carry around with you all day.
Besides that, I fathom out the aspect of how the talisman is communicating with us.
C1 is inspired by a blossom as soon as you reach an area with good air quality the flower is opening up to indicate good air quality.
C2: Breathing Light
C2 is only communication though light it is imitation your breath and if you reach a spot with less polluted air, it starts to breath deeper.
Every time we take a breath your chest is moving. C3 is using this movement to connect you to the air quality. If the air quality is good, it starts breathing deeper.
C4 is similar to the Blossom but uses a more abstract shape which is opening up when the pollution level is low.