Arduino Air Aware


Pollution impacts everyone everyday.  This semester I got the chance to explore the world of Arduino in an attempt to create something that would help people be safer in harsh environments.  The Air Aware mask filters the air breathed by the wearer as well as monitors the air around.  AA can detect trace amounts of volatile organic compounds or VOCs and many gases to one, protect the user and two, to warn them and those around of the unseen threats.  When Air Aware picks up abnormal particles/ gases the Arduino controller changes the fiber-optics from green, blue to red, purple.


Air Aware is still in it’s prototype phases and as of now is very crudely pieced together.  In construction, we went through many tests and trials of both the housing for the Arduino and air sensor and the mask itself.  Finding the best way to display the colors was one of the challenges my team ran into and still needs to be brighter and more exciting.  For this version, we used 3D printed housings made of PLA and the bridge connecting the two made of a more flexible 3D printed rubber composite.


Special thanks to my team:

Yang Shan & Sean Moss

Acrylic Craft

Scaling up from sixty-fourth to a quarter inch model is one of the most challenging fabrication processes I have ever under taken.  The design, choice of materials and the planning that was required just to get to building was overwhelming.  Overcoming obstacles along the way I reached the final product that matched my original parti of void, solid, void.  This balance in design is something I try to achieve in every project.

Elkins Lookout

The Elkins Lookout is a pavilion that gives its surrounding forest a new perspective for visitors.  Using a module of varying scales, the space filters light, as well as elevates the adventurer using an extended path up to the trees.  When interconnected, the modules create a cylindrical form that is perforated to frame views.  These punched views give lookout points for people to observe all the wildlife and nature in Elkins Park.