Pollution-Detecting Clothing Line Unveiled in New York (Video)

warning signs from Susan Ngo on Vimeo.

They always say that fashion should be functional. Or that fashion should always function. Or that functional fashion is finest? Okay, I know there's a pithy saying somewhere in the ether of our vernacular that contains both the words fashion and function in some form, and that it means something along those lines. Regardless, some tech students in New York embody that elusive maxim: They've created a shirt that changes colors when it detects unhealthy amounts of carbon monoxide in your immediate proximity. GOOD explains:

Nien Lam and Sue Ngo, two graduate students in NYU's interactive telecommunications program, said they wanted to make a statement about air pollution while also remaining conscious of fashion. Drawing inspiration from the Hypercolor T-shirts of yore, the "Warning Signs" line was born.

Currently just two shirts, one emblazoned with a heart and the other emblazoned with a pair of lungs, the organs have blue veins that glow when in contact with high levels of carbon monoxide.

And as you can see, the shirt is artsy enough to be approved of by New York's hipster masses -- that it may prevent someone from being exposed to lethal amounts of carbon monoxide is icing on the cake. It should also serve as a disturbing reminder of the high level of pollutants we city dwellers are exposed to on a daily basis. It's enough to make the veins on your heart stand out.

Check out the Warning Signs website for more details on how they made the clothes.

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