Integrating innovation into architecture
Week 6 blog by Blake Weaver
Architects and engineers build all sort of safety systems into houses, but where are these technologies first developed? It is necessary that the ideas of other fields are being looked into to see how these future technologies can be adapted to propel the innovation that is put into our buildings, whether those be to make them safer, more efficient or just cooler. The joint research between a Japanese research group and a United States research group has created a material that is able to sense toxic gas exposure by dramatically increasing its electrical conductivity when exposed to said deadly toxins is one of those possibilities.
This application is equipped with a sensor that communicates with near-field communication that then sends signals to smartphones alerting people of the risk that was detected (Science Daily). Currently there are only a small range of toxins that can be detected but the research is being undergone for new materials that can sense larger ranges of chemicals but expansion has not developed very far yet.
The downside of this technology is the expense of the electrical device that is required to transmit the signal as well as the size of the transmission device. If these issues were to be resolved we can integrate even more safety features into the buildings that are created. This type of technology is incredibly helpful in cases where there are issues with building integrated safety features as well as helping to protect people from a wider range without adding large amounts of extra safety measurements that we don’t have the room in buildings to fit, or to retrofit old buildings that don’t have the capability to hold any more new safety systems.
Good ideas come from every industry that tends to be kept in that setting until someone else decides to use it in a way that was never intended. These innovative engineered materials are ones that will provide even more possibilities in both the handheld technology industry as intended as well as other far reaching applications where this material can be applied.