Digital canary guides kids away from pollution.
Historically, coalminers used live canaries to detect noxious gases below ground. Now, the principle has been re-imagined digitally to help kids in New York steer clear of pollution.
Developed by designer Daniel Goddemeyer and design studio OFFC, the Urban Canary is a small, bird-like device that kids carry with them. It measures air quality continuously and will let its owner know when pollution levels rise.
Exposure to polluted air makes the canary ‘ill’ and its condition can be monitored using parents’ smartphones. Overall, the idea is to identify the least polluted areas in the city, and by sharing data it’s hoped it’ll be possible to create a comprehensive pollution map. So kids can breathe the cleanest air, and stay chirpy.