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Aerochromics is a line of reactive clothing. The fabric changes its pattern when increased levels of harmful particles in the air are detected. This is one smart way of telling you that you should aware of something bad happening in your immediate surroundings - be it harmful pollutants or even radiation.

The shirts are made from 100% soft cotton and are unisex, so they fit nicely both men and women. In their project, creators used their Aerochromic dye, so the fabric now transforms from black to white at 60 AQI (Air Quality Index). At 160 AQI, you can see the shirt's pattern fully revealed - which is quite bad, as air is deemed unsafe to breathe at 60 AQI and above.

You can opt for a reactive particle pollution shirt (detects dust, dirt, soot, or smoke in the air), a reactive carbon monoxide shirt (detects the odorless and colorless carbon monoxide that can poison a human or an animal breathing it), or a reactive radioctivity shirt (detects the radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless Radon - a noble gas, which occurs naturally as a decay product of radium). The first two reactive shirts are priced at $500 each, while the reactive radioactivity one's price is set at $625.

In the future, creators see their clothing line to be only one part of a larger system of connected objects with every person "becoming a sensor monitoring pollution in real-time". Wearing 100% cotton shirts to monitor your environment is also a more eco-conscious alterantive to reading data from your smartphone or a laptop.

July 30, 2016 Living photo: Aerochromics

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