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Designer Developed a Shirt that Changes Patterns When Exposed to Air Pollution

Be a Walking Air Pollution Detector by Wearing this Shirt


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Who knew fashion and air pollution quality monitoring system could ever meet? It’s artist and designer Nikolas Bentel, that’s who.

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After roaming around New York City, Bentel got the idea of wearing air quality monitors through a special fabric. With a touch of dyes, the t-shirts that Bentel made can detect three air pollutants – carbon monoxide, particle pollution, or radioactivity.

The Aerochromics t-shirts, as what he calls them, react to the surrounding air by changing colors, from a solid t-shirt to geometric patterns of sorts. In the Air Quality Index, under 100 is satisfactory. The fabric starts changing its colors at 60 from black to white, and at 160, which is already considered unhealthy, the pattern is fully revealed.


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Under an environment with carbon monoxide and particle pollution, the patterns can be reverse; however, when in radioactive surroundings, the shirt design becomes permanent.

There are three variants of the shirts in design, giving an option for people into fashion. For $500 a piece, this might be not ideal as a mere piece of clothing. But if you want to know how toxic is the air surrounding you, or if you want to see the air you breathe, this deserves a spot in your closet.

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