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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  • Travis Poulson

    This won’t be of any benefit to anyone else unless it triggers an alarm when bullshit passes her lips.

    • Better have a way to swap batteries during the day.

    • Time For Accountability

      Business air travelers from Dunedin who normally sit towards the front of the plan now sit further back as they don’t want to find themselves next to her.

      Her and Norman have moved away from their core green message and where most of us have some green responsibility they are exhibiting none. My sources say there market share amongst the green academic vote is rapidly deserting them. This was typically the people who voted for principles rather than economic sense. These sources are openly speaking out that there is no way the country can have to two green co-leaders anywhere near control especially control of the purse.

      Certainly that is the cafe gossip in Dunedin.

  • williamabong

    Does it come in 5XL and with a designer label, if not she won’t be interested, fat little hypocrite only wears clothes common people can’t afford.

    • Lion_ess


      • williamabong

        Not at all I just object to paying to clothe a hypocrite in clothing 95% of the population cant afford, and the only reason it wears those clothes is because someone else (the long suffering taxpayer) is footing the bill.

        You can wrap a turd in a fur coat, but it’s still a turd.

        • Surely she’s allowed to choose how she spends her salary? Or do you think you should dictate what she eats, where she lives, what car she drives, etc?

          • johnbronkhorst

            NO……wouldn’t that be how she expects US the citizens of NZ to behave? Heaven forbid she should take her own advice!!!

          • Col

            No she can do what she likes, but the amount of money has nothing too do with it.
            How many different jackets is she wearing, all made from Chinese fabric and Chinese dyes, that’s all. How much Carbon?

  • johnbronkhorst

    God I hope not.
    To misquote the film “Steel Magnolia’s”
    It would look like…”Two pigs fighting under a blanket”.

  • Col

    You had me going for a moment, I thought she was going to wear a bomb, and let it off next to Winston, and the last words were heard from her saying “you cheating bastard Winston, this is for you and Vance’ Bang!!!!