TOMORROW is EcoHackNYC at Parsons! (ecohacknyc.org) We've got the opportunity to partner with PublicLab to use the AirQualityEgg as a platform for an application that we never would have envisioned on our own:
Balloons and kites are a proven delivery mechanism for launching cameras (grassrootsmapping.org) and simple sensors like temperature (http://cires.colorado.edu/). PublicLab and Sensemakers will prototype a modular, adaptive system that incorporates a single balloon mounted air quality sensor that can deliver real time altitude specific data. The first step of the project will be to develop the system to look at the urban heat island and the CO2 dome for use by data visualizers. This prototype will be used to test the concept of a city-wide, or possibly multiple city event for hosting sensors on balloons/kites from rooftops across an urban region.
The second step of this project will build on requests from member communities facing industrial pollution to assist with developing diagnostic air quality monitors that can identify the source (according to wind direction and speed) of the air quality affecting their community health. This step will include the incorporation of VOC sensors, particulate matter, metal halides, and sulfur dioxide in addition to what the Air Quality Egg project already features.
Our very own Joe Saavedra, Leif Percifield, Dirk Swart, and Vic Aprea have been kicking ass banging out custom boards for this project over the last week or so. We also have some confidants coming in from Boulder who have been working on some of the same sensors we have on the Egg and are going to help us with the heavy lifting on the engineering.
Albert Chao has been banging on the industrial design of the Egg itself. I've got in my hands a prototype from Shapeways that he's going to be working with.
There are also going to be TON of application developers at this event. It will be a great opportunity to talk about doing some things with Egg data and brainstorming on our "one button, one light" challenge.
Schedule looks like this:
Friday: 7:00PM-9:30PM Ignite Talks + getting organized
Saturday: Building the balloon rigs and hacking with data
Sunday: We will get outside and fly the balloons. If it's raining, maybe we'll fly inside (no idea what that might mean).
Even if you aren't interested in this project, this would be a great event to just get together and catch up! Otherwise, if you can code, hack, draw with crayons, think creatively, write, take pictures, give ideas, or hold a balloon tied to a rope, we'd love to see you out.
PS. I will have Sensemakers t-shirts, limited edition. sshh.
A NOTE ON REGISTRATION: Please RSVP both here on the meetup at on the EcoHackNYC.org website as well!