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Now this is clever. Designer and artist Karolina Sobecka has worked up an interesting project for the World Maker Faire in New York City aimed at making motorists more aware of their carbon emissions. The system is made up of two devices – a cartoon-like cloud that attaches to the vehicle's exhaust pipe and an iPhone app that monitors the vehicle's emissions. The more carbon the car spews, the more the cloud changes color so that both the driver and everyone in the nearby vicinity knows exactly how much pollution is being spewed into the atmosphere.

The concept is pretty neat, but we don't exactly see too many car owners jumping at the chance to stick a massive, absurdly-colored cartoon cloud on the rear of their vehicle. The iPhone app sounds like a pretty fun toy to play around with from time to time, though. Unfortunately, most vehicle owners probably know just how bad their chariot of choice is for the environment – the trick is making them care. Head over to Makezine to have a look at an interview with Sobecka.

[Source: Makezine]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      The "F-150" and "Triton V8" badges on my truck broadcast its disdain for the environment well enough, thank you very much.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As does my E55 and V8 Kompressor tags. Sign me up for four of these! I guarantee they will never be green! Nor, would I want them to be!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @cromwelld: e55 kompressor, very nice!
      • 4 Years Ago
      but does it go "woo woo?"
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's like a alarm clock!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So the Mitsubishi Lancer qualifies as a green car?

      and yes CO2 is not a pollutant. Calling it such is the same as calling water a pollutant or hydrogen.

      Besides, more CO2 is released from bacteria in the soil beneath trees than all of human industrial production, automobiles, and cow farts combined.

      In fact planting more trees actually increases CO2 emissions because the bacteria in the soil can emit more CO2 than the trees absorb.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why would you want this.

      If you're that environmentally conscious, convert a car, ride a bike, take the bus, get an ebike, etc.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the white fumes from half the cars I see does that well enough. :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Do you mean water vapor?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool. I wonder if it comes with a 5" coffee can N1 style adapter.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not sure but these pictures are BEGGING for a caption contest!

        My entry on the orange cloud would be...

        "My other fumes are from natural gas! Flatulance that is!"

        If it'll fit... ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it would be better if the whole car lit up or green or red, that way everyone around you could see, not just the person behind you! Trafffic jams would be like christmas!

      • 4 Years Ago
      Haha. Mine would be black. 14mpgs and 4 (functioning) exhausts. Here's me not caring or buying into all the eco-green hippie crap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like how anything that evenly slightly trys to start a conversation about anything potentially negative about cars - gets all the haters going here.
      this is a concept, an idea, something to ponder -
      I get the feeling allot of people here would actually wear their red could proudly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could use this on Poker night.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yea, that'll last all of 5 minutes on the road until some idiot talking on the phone while driving smashes it right off.

      • 4 Years Ago
      They need to make a version that looks like flames, that way I could have a hotrod Prius that shoots flames out the back, plus couple it with the V8 sound pedestrian safety device and you have one sweet ride.
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