Smart Citizen Kit
people looking for
a better city
The first layer is a piece of hardware comprised by two printed-circuit boards: an interchangeable daughterboard or shield, and an arduino-compatible data-processing board. We have nicknamed the shield developed for this campaign 'The Ambient Board.' As the name suggests, it carries sensors that measure air composition (CO and NO2), temperature, light intensity, sound levels, and humidity. Once it’s set up, the ambient board is able to stream data measured by the sensors over Wi-Fi using the FCC-certified, wireless module on the data-processing board. The device’s low power consumption allows for placing it on balconies and windowsills. Power to the device can be provided by a solar panel and/or battery. All the design files (schematics and PCB layout) for this Open-Source, Arduino-compatible device are available on our Github repository.
We are privileged to have enlisted in our ranks two outstanding designers:
Enrique Perotti and Michal Kukucka. They've been going head-to-head with the design, manufacturing, and testing of the enclosures. The two different images are photorealistic renderings of the latest designs by Enrique and Michael. Please be aware that the enclosures will be 3D-printed, and their surface will not look nearly as polished as the ones on these rendered images. We need to keep in mind that designing a robust enclosure is essential for outdoor use of the Smart Citizen Kit. There's a fundamental compromise between allowing enough airflow for the measurements, and being able to withstand weather conditions. Our design process has been iterative: once we print out a particular design, the test results indicate which areas need improvement.