More Than Smoke

Posted on March 9, 2012 by

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Our project is titled “MORE THAN SMOKE” as we wanted to express through a physical installation the gasses that remain in your lungs after smoking, particularly carbon monoxide. Through experimentation with different ideas and strategies of displaying and mounting the work we came up with a few different ways of representing out concept. Our first idea was to contain this inside an environment. To do this we used a big wooden box that had several holes in either side and blew smoke into the box with the prototype sensor stuck on the inside. Despite running into a few problems we then discussed together as a group and decided to stick the cigarette inside the box and then light it. This was much more successful and we achieved what we had set out to achieve.

Then we thought about creating artificial lungs and trying to get the same effect to happen in a smaller environment. We had begun to create a model figure to place the artificial lungs on the inside. However we came to the conclusion that using a box painted black would be far more presentable. We created the lungs by first making the shape of them using torn magazine pages and old book pages, we then wrapped this shape in cling-film twice, this was to make sure it held its shape. After using the cling-film we then began to apply three or four layers of tape on each shape. This was to make sure the shape was solid and would not fall apart half way through the project. After taping the shape we cut down through the tape and pulled out the original paper lung model, then repeated the process using it.

For the coding, we used a fairly simple code to keep things less complicated. Since we were only trying to get LEDs to light up on the inside of the lungs. We created a code that literally translates too “if this is higher than this, turn this on. If this is lower than this, turn this off”.

Overall, the final piece worked sufficiently and we achieved to find a way of showing the gasses that stay in your lungs after a smoke.

By Django Powell, Daniel Frangiamore and Sophie Dear

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