Sense Your City built 14 environmental sensor nodes in 7 cities. Each sensor captures data about air quality, dust, light, sound, temperature, and humidity. One goal of our project was how to explore real-time data collection in a way that makes the process more transparent and intuitive to all citizens. To achieve this goal, we decided to explore different types of environmental data in different mediums, including light, sound, and visual design.
We conducted several experiments based upon different environmental factors, such as pollution, noise, dust, and light. Each experiment explores a different factor using a different medium or visualization technique. Then we incorporate these visualizations into a single interface that gives a hyper-local, real-time snapshot of a place. The user can also view multiple places at one, to compare their current pulse.