In Beijing, citizens build and fly kites equipped with air pollution monitors

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We've seen numerous technology-based efforts aimed at giving citizens the power to monitor their environment, including the Montre Verte project for assessing air quality in Paris. Taking an airborne approach to much the same problem, FLOAT is an initiative to teach residents of Beijing how to build and use kites equipped with air pollution monitors. Beijing is infamous for its extremely poor air quality, so the topic is of particular concern to residents there. The brainchild of two students from the Harvard School of Graduate Design and Carnegie Mellon University, the FLOAT project aims to use the playfulness of kite-flying…

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