CANARY

Product Design / UX  Design
Sponsored by Google Android

COLLECT AND SHARE MEANINGFUL ENVIRONMENTAL DATA

Canary is a platform and suite of products for citizens to collect and share data, contribute to scientific research, and create actionable change.  In the past, coal miners used canary birds to detect potentially lethal levels of methane gas. Like the canary bird, this system of products empowers citizen scientists to better understand their environment and respond.

The Team: Joe Tsao, April Cheung, Kelsey Chow, and Justin Babikian. Extra thanks to Joe for also doing the photography!

“MORE EYES LEAD TO BETTER FINDINGS”

David Suzuki, Environmentalist

THE VALUE OF KNOWLEDGE

In Flint Michigan 9 died because the state decided to change the city's water source to save money. All of the tragedy could have been avoided if citizens simply had more information about their water. 

In Fukushima, Japan more than 70,000 people had to flee their homes for fear of radiation. It wasn’t until citizen scientists mobilized,  that an accurate map of the radiation levels was created and Japanese residents were able to evacuate to safer land. 

WHERE USERS VIEW, SHARE, AND ORGANIZE AROUND THEIR DATA

HARDWARE FOR COLLECTING STANDARDIZED MEASUREMENTS

NOT ALL DATA ARE CREATED EQUAL

The strength of citizen science comes from the power in numbers and relatively low cost. Unfortunately, the data collected are often low quality and inconsistent. By creating a suite of standardized hardware, Canary can facilitate more accurate and powerful data sets. 

1. Sensor Head
2. Modular CPU Receptacle (Particulate)
3. Modular CPU Receptacle (NO2)
4. Power Button
5. Charging Cord Base/Battery

EARTH, AIR, AND WATER

There are three unique modules, each with their own action. Earth gathers data when staked into soil (two prongs are housed under the cap). Air measure the particles that pass through when it is waved around. Water captures information while the user ladles the liquid with the device.

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