Toy canary helps track pollution in a child’s surroundings

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Researcher and designer Daniel Goddemeyer has worked with New York-based research and design studio OFFC to create the Urban Canary, a plastic bird-like toy that can track pollutant levels in its surroundings. This is the result of a conceptual experiment exploring new ways to combat city air pollution. The device is designed to accompany a child, continuously measuring the air quality nearby to alert the owner in case of air pollution. In areas with poor air quality, the canary becomes ‘ill’ and can be examined using the parents' smartphone to gather more information about the cause of the illness and learn of ways…

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