We do not yet have a crafted product. But we do have a lot of work-in-progress. The idea is to complete a simpler phase first, a water quality reporting app. The more challenging phases would come later, with a homemade water quality sensor kit paired with a grassroots reporting app.
- Phase 1: A news aggregator app to see water quality warnings near you, working with public data.
- Phase 2: A water quality sensor display, presented in app form, which 6th Graders can read and share.
- Phase 3: A Do-it-Yourself Kit with educational materials to make your own sensors, and get a response back from the app.
- Create a UX design that's playful, intuitive, and rewarding.
The challenge: Typically, water quality data is displayed like this:
- Index from USGS:: supplies data across the U.S.
- Environmental working group:
- Utilities in violation
- Warnings from city (like boil)
- Add sensor from Dr. Chen (allow for time dimension and lead index)
- Create Kit from Robofalcons project (Rohit Bhatia) and dev partnership with them
- They test our UX
- We make a design kit to spread info about how to be water quality reporters & citizens
We have an index 100 — 0...smiling sea turtle...sad sea turtle...
0-25 :: Very bad /
25-50 :: Bad
50-70 :: Medium
70-90 :: Good
90-100 :: Excellent
On the map, we have a water utility icon for...
- Do not drink
Phase 2: Sensor key parameters
Original paper for making low-cost water sensors
The figures and charts on this page are from this paper.
Moses McCall & Joshua Korenblat
Concepts → Blueprint
This is still rough, but gets the idea across, I hope. Kind of like Waze/Hello Weather but for water. Basically, users would be able to read data from the USGS and the environmental working group to find out about a water quality index, utilities in violation, and boil water warnings.
Once this round is done, we've been talking to Dr. Junghong Chen of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee about including his lead sensor invention, which will add new dimensions to our data.
We are also working with a middle-school robotics team who are our user experience testers. We want to democratize awareness of water quality issues.
It would be great if we could include a report to your community function, or maybe just simple social media sharing.
Here is the key info:
Town Park Proposal
Designs by Allen Ross Architecture
We were invited to display this project in a town park in New Paltz (images from the proposal, below).
We thought we could use a simple interface, such as a set of lights to display colors that show the water quality in the nearby Wallkill River. All we would need is the sensor on the river to measure water quality.