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Shirt Changes Patterns When It Detects Air Pollution

Shirt Changes Patterns When It Detects Air Pollution
Design & Architecture

The garment is designed to undergo a color shift when it detects carbon monoxide, particle pollution or radioactivity

Jiwon Kim
  • 29 july 2016

With politicians in denial and nonstop carbon emissions released into the atmosphere, it is a fact that air pollution is only getting worse. Unfortunately, this has a direct impact on our health and the environment we are stuck living in. Cities suffer from this problem the most. That is why the creator of Aerochromics, Nikolas Bentel came up with a line of $500 shirts to detect air pollution.

There are three shirts in this collection thus far. They individually detect carbon monoxide, particle pollution or radioactivity. All of these shirts have different kinds of technology and patterns. The carbon monoxide shirt contains chemical salts that changes the patterned shirt when it comes in contact with carbon monoxide. The particle pollution shirt has two sensors that is connected to heat pads on the shirt. The polka dotted shirt changes color when pollution is sensed. As for the radioactivity shirt, this is still in the works. All the shirts eventually turn all black if there is a presence of strong air pollution.

The design and the concept of the shirts are cool but the main point is to inform people immediately if they are in the presence of air pollution. Bentel hopes that in time the shirts will be able to sell for a more affordable rate so more people can take advantage of the technology and design. As more people pour into cities, it may be helpful information to know how air pollution might be affecting one’s health and start conversations around measures to combat this growing problem.

Aerochromics

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+air pollution
+Bentel
+Clothing
+Design
+environment
+Fashion
+manufacturing
+retail
+Sustainability
+technology
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