Will Metiria Turei be wearing this in parliament?


What is “this”, exactly?

Note to all you slightly obsessed folks out there who are into tracking your quantified self: isn’t it about time you started keeping track of not just all the calories you inhale, but the air pollution as well?

The prototype for just such a device, dubbed Conscious Clothing, and the trio of designers who created it, were awarded $100,000 this week as part of an innovation challenge sponsored by (deep breath) the National Institutes of Health, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

I think this is one of those “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should” instances.

The system is described as a “wearable breathing analysis tool” made up of sensors and strips of material wrapped around the chest to measure breathing volume. It calculates the particulate matter inhaled and transmits real-time data via Bluetooth, making it a perfect addition to any self data-tracking regime.

It’s not clear who might get their hands on the system next, but it’s likely that researchers, regulators, and academics would be first in line and could use Conscious Clothing, say, to track pollution trends in specific places, such as downwind from a power plant.

Even more “stations” to collect AGW data for the Global Warming enthusiasts!  Start your own crowd-sourced AGW data collection group.  Start a blog!  Convince your local council to implement a carbon tax based on readings taken from your own community! Your own chest, even!! (watch out Fish & Chips shops).


Source:  CNet


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