Project: AQI Mapping

by Emil Abraham
published on Jan. 21, 2015, 10:01 p.m.

This project was the result of one or two sleep deprived nights during my Fall 2014 semester at Northeastern University. It was part of a course I took called Environment, Technology, and Society which touched upon various issues and movements that dealt with the three topics. Some issues and movements we looked at were the Bhopal Disaster and The Yes Men. To supplement our study of these topics we often read critical pieces that interwove overarching themes tied to the topics throughout the semester.

My favorite parts of the class were some of the hands-on projects we had to develop. This class managed to bring out the storyteller in me.

But enough about the class and more about the project. Originally, I had planned to build a Dustduino. Unfortunately, the components did not arrive in time. The particulate sensor that it uses, is only available in China. So I had to go with Plan B at the last minute. I developed it using the Google Maps API and the Air Now API. I fused those results together using Javascript. Check it out if you want to see how it works. There are still many improvements to be made. Which I'll make when I have time.