NYU Undergrads Design T-Shirt that Detects Surrounding Pollution (VIDEO)
Unique Tee Reveals Levels of Carbon Monoxide & Pollution-
As part of their graduate coursework in NYU’s interactive telecommunications program, Nien Lam and Sue Ngo have designed a unique shirt that changes colors when it detects dangerous levels of carbon monoxide and pollution. The project, dubbed “Warning Signs“, features two shirts with the design of a human heart and pair of lungs — each which have blue veins that glow and “subtly change color and pattern to indicate higher levels of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere to the wearer and those around him or her,” Lam writes on his blog. “When people step out to have a cigarette, they would see our project, and then feel guilty going out to have that cigarette realizing, ‘Oh, this is actually what I’m doing to myself,’” Lam told WNYC. “Air pollution is kind of one of those things that’s all around us,” Lam continues. “You don’t see it but it exists and it’s invisible and we wanted to bring that to light. ‘Warning Signs’ is a visualization of the pollution that exists invisibly all around us.” The two students say they will possibly design another shirt, which will detect the amount of alcohol the wearer is consuming. “The liver would be changing color,” Ngo said. The pair will be graduating in May and are looking to begin selling their “Warning Signs” collection to the public.