Numerous groups focused on data analysis, like Crabsense, who gathered air quality data inside a hermit crab vivarium, constantly analyzing its chemical makeup and drawing correlations between it and hermit crab activity while simultaneously streaming video from inside of the tank creating a simulated living system experience online. Michael Zick Doherty even built an Android capable interface that allows anyone to connect their homemade sensor device and automatically upload to a global database of environmental data.
ITP has been around for over 30 years and although previous students have shown interest in similar concepts, this is the first time the course has been offered. A complete list of projects and more information on the course can be found here.
WHY THIS MATTERS:
With shortages in food, clean water supply and air quality issues affect individuals worldwide, developing technologies able to address these global issues is paramount.