From smog hanging over cities to smoke from wildfire, air pollution poses a major threat to our health. Visibility is easily impacted by air pollution. As we have more and more bad air days, we get more of blurry, hazy vision.
Using Visibility as an Indicator for Air Quality
We always use colors to indicate the air quality. In this concept, I added one more visual element—the visibility.
It has 4 layers of mountains which are made of acrylic sheets and 5 row of LED strips which light up the mountains and the wall behind it.
Not just color of the LED but also the number of lit LED strips constantly change, depending on the air quality. For instance, when the air quality is terrible, only the first row of LED turns on in red and all you can see is the silhouette of the first mountain.
My halloween costume is Wall·E, my favorite Pixar character.
Initial Idea Sketch from week 6 Wall·E with blinking eyes (with Blue LED, changed from Red heart emoji)
Process Head gear (1) Structure I cut two blocks of blue foam and sanded those to make the head gear structure. (2) Eyes I started to work on the head gear first. For Wall·E’s starry eyes, I 3D printed the lens structure and added two layer of PVC film. (3) Assembly/Wiring This was probably the hardest part in this project. Things are about to be put all together and I was afraid to ruin it all. I measured and carefully carved out the blue foam where two LEDs, the circuit and the battery go. Then taped it to put all the pieces together and finally covered the structure with decorative paper.
Cardboard costume – Compared to the head gear, I enjoyed making the cardboard costume with no pressure, I sprayed the colored paper to the cardboard and added details with sharpie.
List of Material Used (1) Head gear – Blue foam – 3D printed lens structure – PVC filim – Decorative color paper – Duck tape – Leather lace
Key Concept – Small, cute decorative night light for everyone – With hanging loop, you can hang everywhere.
Material used – Mesh fabric (with sparse weaving) for the air balloon – Velvet (Ivory, Light brown) for the basket and the strap – Braided leather strip for the power button indicator and the hanging loop – Two LEDs – Batter pack with On/Off switch
Process – Sewing sparse mesh fabric was not easy. – Including the battery pack as part of design was also challenging.