Turning pollution into art with Arduino

Media artist Dmitry Morozov — more commonly known as ::vtol:: — recently found a way to turn offensive pollution into enticing art through a portable, Bluetooth-connected device entitled Digioxide.

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In an attempt to raise public awareness of the environmental pollution by artistic means, the Maker’s wireless creation uses a set of sensors to measure the presence of gases such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane, and even dust in the air, which are translated into volts. An Arduino algorithmically then converts those volts into the shapes and colors you see below.

The interactive project utilizes an Arduino Nano (ATmega328), HC-06 Bluetooth module, gas and dust sensors, as well as an LG mobile printer.

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The gadget was programmed to print vibrant colors in dirtier air and bright green colors when air was relatively clean. As an artist, ::vtol:: prefers the brighter colors.

“The more pollution I get, the more beautiful the images are… It’s a little bit ironic,” he explains.

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The device’s mobile printer enables instant printing of this air “snapshot” that can either be left as an evidence on the place or given as a present to a passerby, ::vtol:: concludes.

Oh, and that nose, well that’s merely a visual effect. If you want to find out more about the project, head on over to the Maker’s website. From a wearale machine that turns tattoos into tunes to an electro-acoustic orchestra bot, check out all the latest creations from ::vtol:: here.

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