Awareable Computing LED Dress

The Awareable Computing idea is based on using technology, specifically wearable computing, to promote awareness of climate change.  The specific project in this case is a dress that changes its appearance based on the level of pollution in the air.

"I enjoyed merging two areas I believe in: computer science and climate change, as well as something I am interested in, wearable technology. Seeing the problems technology can help us solve brings me a lot of hope."
— Savanna

Climate change is a huge problem our generation faces, and we cannot run away from it; we have to face up to the situation and do something about it.  Because of climate change, not only is Earth experiencing global warming, but also severe droughts, floods, storms and unpredictable weather.  Numerous health problems are also attributed to climate change.

Why a dress?  One of the easiest and most effective things anyone can do to fight climate change is to raise and spread awareness on its dangers and effects.  An individual is basically communicating to the general public simply by wearing the dress.  A dress can help...

  • Raise awareness to the issue to the public
  • Give people everyday reminders
  • Connect people to the problem
  • Show the effects to people in a way they can understand

Incorporating LED lights into the dress help this last point; lights are quantifiable and their changes are easily noticed by people, unlike the subtle effects of air pollution and climate change.  The lights in the dress make changes that are easily unnoticed by people noticeable.  The effects of climate change are easily shown and help people realize they are being affected.

Sewn into the dress is a pattern of twinkling lights.  The air quality is measured by a pollution sensor in the dress, specifically the mq 135, which is sensitive to ammonia, alcohol, benzene, smoke and carbon dioxide among others.  The sensor comes programmed to produce a reading when it detects different levels of gases.

The higher the pollution, the more lights turn off, the cleaner the air, the more lights twinkle.  A dress, unlike a personal air quality sensor, makes it easy for someone to seamlessly integrate climate awareness in their life and also makes it easy for the wearer to display the effects to others.

Future additions to the project include having the dress be completely solar powered, respond to other gases, have the system incorporated into other articles of clothing, adjust brightness of lights to surrounding environment and more.

The dress is a way that people can easily make fighting climate change a part of their everyday lives and will inspire others to do the same, all thanks to computer science and the power of code!



Organization: Girls Who Code
Student: Savanna Y.
Type of Work: Robotics
Location: Seattle - Google
Grade: 12th Grade
Year Created: 2014

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