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Using wearable air pollution sensors to map real-time urban air quality.

  • Jul 10, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Air. It's essential for terrestrial life. And yet, our densely populated urban areas spew hazardous compounds into our air every day. The thesis for this evening is that if we can measure and map our air quality—in real-time and with better accuracy—we will be empowered to improve our air quality. Join Shaun Houlihan, a mechanical design engineer, in a conversation about mobile/wearable air pollution sensors and air quality mapping. Then, we will do a charrette focused on the application of this emerging technology.

Join us for an evening of creativity and learning! Food and beverages provided.


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  • Michael L.

    Thank you for coming out everybody! It was great meeting all of you. Here's an interesting story from a co-worker about his personal experience with air pollution:

    "I moved to Pittsburgh, PA in 1978. In those days two things were true. First, there were morning air pollution forecasts since several steel mills were still operating. Second, the city had a program to sand-blast the stone of buildings and bridge supports around town. There's a lot of stone construction out there. Over the years that stone became caked with black carbon - I mean JET BLACK. It was easy to see the history of air pollution there just by walking down the street and looking up."

    Reminds me of the team last night with the nanopaint idea :)

    1 · July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to all who came out, and thank you Mike for putting on such an engaging event! If you want to discuss the topic more in-depth you can reach me at [masked]

    1 · July 11, 2013

  • Mr. William M.

    With Compliments!

    July 10, 2013

  • Jordan P.

    Hey Shaun! Looking forward to tomorrow night. Here's a great example of displaying an environmental metric (electricity usage) publicly to influence behavior: The Tidy Street Project:

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to sharing and hearing everyone's input on how to tackle urban air pollution.

    2 · July 3, 2013

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