design, fashion — January 26, 2011 12:32 pm

THE AIR-PURIFYING DRESS

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‘Herself‘, an air-purifying dress, is the first prototype of the ‘Catalytic Clothing‘ project, a collaboration between the University of SheffieldLondon College of Fashion, and University of Ulster. The project incorporates pollutant attracting concrete into the dress to help absorb atmospheric pollutants to purify the air.

More information after the break:

Although the designers have not released details on the workings of their project, it is suspected that ‘Herself’ utilizes the same technology behind the pollution-absorbing concrete used in construction: making use of a titanium oxide coating, it can convert nitrogen oxides, like those released by automobiles, into harmless nitrate.

The creators estimate that forty people wearing the dress and standing across a meter of pavement would purify two meters of airspace each minute. while the density initially sounds high, the reality of urbanity is that the daily use of trains, subway platforms, buses, and elevators provides high enough numbers to constitute a potentially viable mechanism for crowdsourced improvements in air quality.

via – designboom

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