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!