Inspired by Amsterdam’s pollution levels, designer Joris Lam has created high-tech birdhouses that provide free Wi-Fi whenever air quality in its surrounding area improves.
According to Lam, the idea for the aptly named TreeWiFi project was conceived after he was unable to learn how polluted his own street was. Each TreeWiFi device is equipped with sensors and a subtle ring of LEDs that signal the current status of air quality, which can also be found on an accompanying app.
By installing TreeWiFi in every road, Lam and his colleagues want to motivate residents to actively lower their harmful emissions in order to make the lights turn green and enable free Wi-Fi for everyone. The air quality data will then be uploaded to a central server to give detailed insight into air quality on a hyper local scale.
Whenever someone stands near the tree and connects to the network, they can see a screen with information about the local air quality and tips on how to make it better. If the levels of pollution are healthy, the individual is able to access the free Internet connection.