Share hyperlocal air pollution data with Sensing Umbrella
The Sensing Umbrella is the second project I’m featuring on this blog (see the first), coming out of the class at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design called Connected Objects, with Massimo Banzi and Giorgio Olivero.
The project created by a team of students Akarsh Sanghi, Saurabh Datta and Simon Herzog is a platform to gather, display, and share hyperlocal air pollution data:
Each umbrella serves as a node for measuring CO and NO2 pollution levels and can provide exceptionally granular data to pollution databases and for scientific analysis. Simultaneously, the light visualisations inside the umbrella respond to pollution levels in real time and spread awareness of air quality in the city for its inhabitants. The umbrella uses open hardware and software to gather and interpret data through a built-in sensor array, displays CO and NO2 pollution locally in two modes, and logs the timestamped and geolocated data to the cloud for analysis.
Check the video to watch the team introducing the project: