The Smog Vacuum, A Technological “Gem”?

 

A Dutch artist recently created a device that puts technology at the forefront of combating pollution, and even climate change. Daan Roosegaarde invented what the world now knows as the “smog vacuum.” This device is a 7-meter tall tower which contains and air purifier which essential sucks in the smog from the air. You’re probably wondering where the art part comes in, right? This smog vacuum then takes it one step further by compressing the smog particles into the gems. This strikes me as a perfect examples of disruptive innovation. Roosegaarde, an artist and an individual concerned with air pollution has placed himself on a world stage that is now garnering attention to the severity of air pollution in China, as well as attention for himself as an artist.

Many artists have often brought attention to problems that society is facing, and through his disruptive innovation, he has gained global attention, He has also garnered a great deal of attention to the issue of our human impacts on the environment, as well as climate change, and environmental degradation. In my opinion, this causes us to stop and think about whether or not we are currently doing enough to combat the situation in the environment we have created. It sort of made me thing, well if an artist can create gems from smog, then are we really doing all we can to help the environment, and could this potentially encourage more cities and countries to actively combat pollution? Well this was already occuring before Roosegaarde. A plethora of individuals and companies have created devices that combat our carbon footprints in a variety of ways. Some are more simple, yet still effective, like the “smart” showerhead that alerts you when you’ve used far too much water, or the “power tile” which generates electricity when people walk on it, and even a wristband that tracks you carbon footprint as you go through the day.

All of these technologies are innovations that represent the amazing elements of the IOT. It seems that the Internet of Things often get a bad reputation for its creepy nature, however technology can bring about incredibly eco-friendly change. It’t time we started recognizing these efforts and promoting them, so that we can continue to be tech savvy, whilst saving the environment, one gadget at a time!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/smog-free-tower-beijing-air-pollution_us_57ed6e0ae4b0c2407cdcbaae

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/craig-and-marc-kielburger/eco-friendly-home_b_9100294.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/this-shower-head-can-stop-you-wasting-so-much-water-a6819591.html

Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde holds smog particles collected by the Smog Free Tower, the world's largest smog vacuum cleaner as the artist presents his The Smog Free Project at D-751 art zone in Beijing September 29, 2016. The Smog Free Project consist of 7-meter tall the Smog Free Tower, the large air purifier that creates an area of clean air around it and the Smog Free Jewellery that are made of compressed smog particles. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde holds smog particles collected by the Smog Free Tower, the world’s largest smog vacuum cleaner as the artist presents his The Smog Free Project at D-751 art zone in Beijing September 29, 2016. The Smog Free Project consist of 7-meter tall the Smog Free Tower, the large air purifier that creates an area of clean air around it and the Smog Free Jewellery that are made of compressed smog particles. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

 

1 thought on “The Smog Vacuum, A Technological “Gem”?

  1. I strongly agree that we should stop and think about the current situation. As a Beijinger, the declining air quality in my hometown makes me anxious and depressed. Although people are more concerned about the environment recent years, there are still a lot of things we have to work on.
    We humans have created machines to enhance ourselves, we invented the wheel and cars to liberate ourselves and travel. But now these machines are striking back, making air extremely polluted in high-density cities. In some cities, this pollution is visible. In others, air pollutants and smog may be invisible, but the impact on our daily lives and health is very real. We believe we should do more, not less, and make modern cities livable again.
    The Smog Free Tower is the first step of the Smog Free Movement: our dream of a clean future in which people work together to stop pollution. We believe that the Smog Free Tower provides a unique opportunity to get people to understand the issue of air pollution through direct experience.
    Although the smog Free Tower seems a appealing invention, it still has many risks and challenges. The fact that the technique used for the Smog Free Tower thus far has only been used on a small scale (in hospitals etc.) and now will be applied for the first time in public space, has been a challenging part of our overall design process. The technique itself however, is safe and already well-tested on various scales.
    In addition, because we have been working on this project for over three years and everything has been extensively tested with models and prototypes, we consider the risks of not being able to deliver a working tower and subsequently the Smog Free Cubes, Rings and Cufflinks fairly low. However, it should be noted that the production of the Smog Free Cubes, Rings and Cufflinks depends on the ability to collect enough smog in the first few months the tower is active from September 2015 onwards. This is something that is partly beyond our control. Therefore the first delivery of rewards is set for December 2015, to allow the tower to filter enough smog out of the air.

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1777606920/the-smog-free-tower

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