Test for bacteria amounts and types in manhattan subway stations. This would be accomplished with an all in one bacterial testing kit. It would be similar to a backpack, but have an incubator built in. Also there is a compartment to keep swabs, petri dishes, test tubes, and the various chemical solutions used to detect certain types of bacteria
Rapid Pool Bacteria test kit: made for pools but can be applied to anything
Future Steps: Would then create a visualization of the test results pertaining to each subway station. For future fun i would also then like to experiment with training the bacteria to react to various stimuli.
For the training i was inspired by this video of bacteria building a pyramid:
My goal with this lab is to create a mobile lab to repurpose wasted and unused plant and animal tissues to create pieces of decellularized tissue scaffolds. These can then be experimented with for artistic purposes. I am interested in the interaction between the body, technology and biology. Through decellularizing tissues, I’d like to understand what the body does with those tissues and how they interact. How could we wear these scaffolds in the future, essentially creating something from trash? What would a device look like that we wear to decellularize tissues as we move?
This is a quick prototype of the decellularization setup. The containers that will hold the tissue being decellularized has a pump attached to allow fresh detergent solution to be pumped in.
The lab will include multiple glass or polypropylene containers to hold the detergent solution, water, and other liquids to remove the cellular contents from the tissues, tools to handle the materials, and various devices to apply the detergents with and to affect the process- possibly a diy agitator.
The process involves washing the tissue, and soaking it in a lab detergent solution (sodium dodecyl sulfate-SDS). Over time the detergent removes the cellular contents from the tissue leaving only the extra cellular matrix (ECM) remaining. The ECM is a scaffold of either collagen (from animal tissue) or cellulose (from plant tissue). This scaffold can then be used as a scaffold to grow living cells. (i won’t be reseeding the tissues)
My idea is a device that can be used to detect what type of sickness a person has, whether it be heart burn, migraine, stomach bug, any types of cancer, etc. The device is a small screen with a wire connected to a breathalyzer. The screen is touch-based. The user would scan their finger on the screen after checking they are male/female first. After scanning the finger, the device will pull up their medical history, and tell the user what they have.
Inspirations for this idea:
The breathalyzer. This gave me an idea that maybe instead of checking to see if someone is drinking, we can see what kind of sickness the person might have after experiencing some symptoms.
The iPhone is another inspiration. Phones are starting to be able to be used for healthy reasons, such as read heart rate, blood pressure, etc.