During the fist half of this semester, I will expand on my prior Balloon Air Quality project. Currently, low-cost air quality sensors are coupled with weather balloons to illuminate each balloon based on surrounding air quality.
I will build on this concept to create a more interactive installation where balloons respond to up/down and right/left motion by pulsing color at different speeds. A tilt sensor or piezo vibration sensor will be used to detect the type of motion being applied. If balloons are left outside (tethered), wind will naturally move the balloons and result in a ‘responsive’ exhibit that ambiently visualizes air quality and wind patterns. This part of the project will culminate in a public installation and/or a short deployment of the balloons with stakeholders around Pittsburgh.
I will also modify an off-the shelf camera to photograph a balloon installation over the course of 24 hours. A time-lapse video of air quality balloons installed in public spaces will show air quality over time.