Now this is high tech. Shirts that detect pollutants in the air while accordingly changing the color of a featured organ (heart or lungs) on the shirt. Developed by NYU grad students Sue Ngo and Nien Lam, this was a project for a technological design class. The organs on the shirt are made from thermochromatic fabric that changes colors when it detects carbon-monoxide or other pollutants. In this first picture, we see lungs changing colors as someone smokes a cigar next to it. In another video, a heart changes colors as cars drive by in the busy city. Nien Lam and Sue Ngo wanted to get others thinking about what was happening to their own bodies.
“We wanted to bring up that visualization, bring the inside out…This is a stark reminder for yourself and others around you,” says Ngo.
They are currently working on a shirt that detects alcohol to change the color of a liver. Fascinating stuff.
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