As illnesses and deaths due to air pollution is on the rise, scientists and designers are turning to wearable technology as a way to create cleaner air while waiting for governmental policies to catch up. One British artist, Kasia Molga, has challenged air quality head-on, with a series of pollution-detecting clothing. Called the Human Sensor, Molga’s outfits change colors and patterns in response to air pollutants, notifying both the wearer and those nearby of the presence of black carbon and poor air quality.

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A recent International Energy Agency study found that environmental pollution is ranked to a whopping 6 million premature deaths each year around the globe. Inspired by this horrific number, Molga joined the scientists and designers who are creating wearable pollution sensors to help save lives and protect lungs.

The launch her Human Sensor line, Molga has partnered with Invisible Dust to create an unforgettable event where art and fashion intersect with science. Set to debut in Manchester, models wearing Molga’s designs will perform around the city, showcasing the air quality in different areas.

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As the models walk around and breathe, the colors and patterns on the garment will change, revealing the level of pollutants caused by factors like car emissions, industry and air conditioners in the air.

Wearable sensors have already held a presence on the market, like TZOA and Clarity, each linked to iPhone apps that allow wearers to track pollution and submit the data for scientific studies.

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[Via Washington Post]