Who knew pollution in air can also be useful? This bunch of genius minds did. So they created a device that turns emission of carbon into ink.
India-based Graviky Labs uses polluted air to create paint and ink (c) CNN.com
A device, called a Kaalink, filters and captures carbon emitted by incomplete engine combustion. For now, the details of the process are kept secret, however, the researchers said the process is mainly mechanical and relatively straightforward.
Experts from Gravinky Labs, an India-based spinoff company from MIT Media Lab, came up with the idea. This groundbreaking discovery may be the novel solution to air pollution problems in Asia, by transforming vehicle exhaust into usable ink.
"Our device is designed as a clever fusion of electronic sensors, mechanical actuators and a collection system," company co-founder Anirudh Sharma told Seeker
in an email exchange from India. "It is retrofitted to the exhaust pipe of vehicles and mounts through a triangulated screw/clamp-set."
Air Ink markers, paint, and spray paint are made entirely from air pollution (c) twitter.com
The Kaalink device captures up to 93 percent of the emitted pollution, which takes about 45 minutes of exhaust filtering to produce an ounce of ink. The ink products from air have been branded as Air Ink.
Experts said, drivers in India are asked to individually and manually install Kaalink devices. The device can be traded at the Graviky Labs facility when the apparatus turns full. Usually, it takes about two weeks of city driving before the devices are swapped out.
"At present, we are harvesting and collecting pollution on a small scale in Bengaluru, India," Sharma said in a statement
. "Currently our collection mechanism involves emptying the units at our own garage."
According to Gravinky Labs, they have launched a Kickstarter campaign to refine the process development and expand the study. The researchers are looking forward to using the Kaalink device in chimneys, smokestacks and other industrial exhaust systems for ink collection.
"At this stage, the Kaalink device is still undergoing several rounds of testing and eventual certifications," Sharma said. "We intend to deploy it on cars, trucks and chimneys of various sizes and scales, and help individuals, organizations, and governments capture their own pollution and recycle it."