A low-tech sensing system for particulate pollution

Anastasia Kuznetsov, Scott E. Hudson, Eric Paulos

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5 Scopus citations

Abstract

We present an ultra low-cost sensing system, which enables participants to see and reflect on the particulates in their air. Drawing on prior work in paper computing, we introduce small sensors for particulate pollution that can be easily assembled from common paper materials for less than $1 USD, and mailed by regular postal service to residents of entire neighborhoods, cities, or geographic regions. Recipients collect particulate samples using these sensors and mail them back to a central location, where the particles are viewed and analyzed via a microscope. The data, which includes rich images of actual air pollution particles, can then be broadcast to larger audiences. This paper details the design of our system and its deployment with a local air quality activist community. We conclude by highlighting the tradeoffs between high-tech and low-tech sensing, and suggest opportunities for tangible interaction to support rich, new ways of seeing our environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTEI 2014 - 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, Proceedings
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages259-266
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, TEI 2014 - Munich, Germany
Duration: Feb 16 2014Feb 19 2014

Other

Other8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, TEI 2014
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period2/16/142/19/14

Keywords

  • DIY
  • Low-tech sensing
  • Paper computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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    Kuznetsov, A., Hudson, S. E., & Paulos, E. (2014). A low-tech sensing system for particulate pollution. In TEI 2014 - 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, Proceedings (pp. 259-266). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2540930.2540955