It’s a polluter’s world—we all just live in it. But imagine being able to sidestep encounters with common urban pollutants like benzene, carbon monoxide, ammonia, and nitrogen oxide—all of which are found in cigarette smoke—and getting out of Dodge while the getting’s good. That’s the philosophy behind the “Detectair,” a cowl-neck vest studded with LEDs that simulate the way you breathe based on the toxicity of your environment, along with tiny vibrators that alert you when you’ve wandered into an unhealthy airspace.

Detectair vest by Genevieve Mateyko and Pamela Troyer, wearable technology, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, high-tech clothing, air pollution detection


Designed and developed by Genevieve Mateyko and Pamela Troyer, a pair of third-year industrial design students at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, the Detectair uses an Arduino microcontroller and sensor technologies to analyze ambient air quality. By “translating” the data in the form of flashing lights and vibrating inserts, the vest eliminates the need for lengthy number-crunching.

The vest analyzes air quality and translates the data in the form of flashing lights and vibrating inserts.

Plus, the oversized collar is more than ornamental—it’s reinforced so you can wrestle it into position when you need an ad-hoc breathing mask. Silent but deadly gases? Ha, foiled again!

+ Detectair at Fashioning Technology

+ Genevieve Mateyko

+ Pamela Troyer