16 Apr '11, 12pm
Pollution-Detecting T-Shirt Warns of High Carbon Monoxide Levels
is known as the “silent killer” because it’s colorless, odorless, tasteless, and extremely dangerous. Take it from someone who has experienced the symptoms of carbon-monoxide poisoning; it’s a frightening experience. “Warning Signs,” a high-tech T-shirt that visualizes ambient pollution, is a wearable alarm you can take with you. Designed by Nien Lam and Sue Ngo, two graduate students from New York University , the shirt features a heart or pair of lungs. Pink at first, the faux-organs flash blue veins when sensors detect above-average levels of carbon monoxide, whether it’s from traffic , smokers , or a faulty heating system at home.