Kanari: A wearable air pollution device

The inner parts of Kanari.

The inner parts of Kanari.

Babies and young children are more susceptible to the exposure of poor air quality. Due to their growing bodies, “children breathe a proportionately greater volume of air than adults. As a result, children inhale more pollutants per pound of body weight.” Since they are too young to know the dangers and effects of their environment, our device will help parents become more aware of their child’s surroundings.

Introducing Kanari, an air pollution device that detects how much pollution is in the air. When the device is on, the blue light indicates it is working (a safe amount of pollutants in the air). The two remaining states are a red light to alert the user of a medium range of pollution in the air, and a red light with a warning sound from the buzzer to indicate high pollution within their vicinity.

The device would be attached within the vicinity of the child, such as on the crib, baby car seat, or carriage. The device is light-weight, wearable, and the compact size of the FLORA, the dust particle sensor, and the 3.7 V battery assembled inside a portable pouch. This device would be useful for soon to be moms who would like to be made aware of their intake for two of air pollution, as well as any person who wishes to be made aware of what they are breathing in.

In collaboration with Nga Nguyen.

SHARP's optical dust sensor

SHARP's optical dust sensor

Screenshot of the serial monitor in Arduino, the numbers it is parsing is the range of dust particles in the air, thus where you see the jump to the 700s is where it detected the most pollution.

Screenshot of the serial monitor in Arduino, the numbers it is parsing is the range of dust particles in the air, thus where you see the jump to the 700s is where it detected the most pollution.