Haze? is a wearable air quality detector, which is a strong appeal for people to pay attention to issues of air pollution, a very serious issue facing China today.Haze? encourages people to rethink the air pollution crises through a visual performance, as an actor wears the device to detect the air quality around the city, turning the air quality itself into the key communication with which to engage people in critical discussion.
Step 1: Haze Haze
The Beijing government issued the first orange alert January 13, 2013. At that time, Beijing had had many days with heavy pollution weather. “Levels of PM2.5 particles are above 200 micrograms per cubic meter in most urban areas of the capital, that’s way above safety levels. Many areas have a level 5 "heavy pollution" warning, with some places at level 6, the highest pollution level,” state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Air pollution has become a severe crisis in China.
Step 2: Plague Doctor
I was inspired by a talk about Plague Doctor with my friend Jonathon. In Medieval Europe, whole of Europe was suffering by Black Death, people were dying very fast. In that darkness, Plague Doctor, who wore pick masks, was the icon of death. Every time, when people saw the pick mask, there must be one dead body. This story fueled me up to make Haze.
Step 3: First Prototye
My first prototype was a 3D printed mask. I also tried use ioio board to connect the air quality sensor with an Android phone via Bluetooth.
Conclusion: the mask was too small to contain electronic parts.Haze is an art project, Bluetooth seems like not really necessary. I might use it in the future, but not now.
Step 4: Material
Adafruit Trinket 3.3V Logic
Adafruit NeoPixel Digital RGB LED Weatherproof Strip 60 LED -1m - WHITE
Optical Dust Sensor
Step 5: Optical Dust Sensor
The first step is to make sure we can get sensor work.
The tutorial for Optical Dust Sensor is here: http://arduinodev.woofex.net/2012/12/01/standalone-sharp-dust-sensor/