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Designers Amy Wu and Nga Nguyen investigated how pollution and poor air quality bring the onsets of fatigue and a decline in personal well-being in urban environments. They explored different solutions to help busy city dwellers be more aware of their immediate air quality.

Kanari allows individuals to better monitor and manage their health. It is a wearable device that alerts its users about levels of pollution (cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes) being emitted in the environment. In normal air quality condition the color is lit blue. At low pollution level the device is lit red. At high pollution levels, the device alarm sounds.

Kanari is developed with the Lilypad Arduino wearable micro-controller and specialized sensors.