Erase Your Carbon Footprints Completely

Carbon Dioxide Scrubber is a device researched by David Keith and his team. The system looks at capturing CO2 directly from the air and making it cleaner. Not completely devoid of shortcomings, the technology of reducing diffused emissions has the skeptics on the fence. Here is a concept that looks at that addressing the issue of an individual doing his bit for the environment. The eCO2 is a personal scrubber that tries to erase the personal carbon footprint of the individual.

The question here is not whether the eCO2 concept is realistic or not. Instead, let us see what all it tries to do, to make us more responsible citizens of this planet. Fashioned as an athletic wristwatch it uses kinetic energy as a clean power source. Although it does function as a regular watch, it also constantly keeps pulling in air through the intake vents collecting CO2, and expels new clean air via the exhaust vents. A step in the right direction for an individual, the eCO2 has the potential to make a powerful impact if worn collectively. Now only if somehow we could balance out the pros and the cons of a carbon dioxide scrubber.

Designers: James Kershaw & Chad Garn

38 Comments

  • Flo says:

    I think it looks better than it is usefull. 😛

  • Yes, It looks really nicely designed.
    I wonder how much carbon is consumed in it’s manufacture and distribution and how long it would take for this to be off set by the C02 it pulls back?
    However perhaps the bigger gain is the environmental reminder it gives to the users and the people who ask them about it. …. It might remind people to switch the lights off more often or to recycle their rubbish.

  • Jahrue says:

    I’ve seen James Kershaw’s work all around, he recently just did some designing for MTV. He’s going to be big real soon.

  • The same intellectual statement could also be made by wearing a magnetic bracelet, dangling some magic crystals, or just doing interpretative dance while walking.

  • zippyflounder says:

    If jim is a industrial designer and not a set and prop designer for scifi media then he should at least do a bit of research and be some what honnest. The display says 12.56 lbs of co2 removed, that means that you have 12. 66 lb bracelet there, or have “dumped” the dry ice (making dry ice is a pretty intensive process) at least 100 times or so. You want to make people aware of co2, fine have this thing sense the power consumed by your personal electronics,(phone, ipod, whateer) and based on your locations power generation (coal,hydro,gass,nuke) display co2 generation. The latter is at least somewhat real, with out adressing the whole end to end carbon life thing.

  • Excellent point zippyflounder. But look at the market segment that would buy it. Those little scientific details are not what they want to hear.

    • zippyflounder says:

      its not what THEY want to hear, but they are exactly the ones that need the education not some feel good phoney bit of posturing.

  • Thanks everybody for the comments thus far.

    As of right now I think we all would expect that the watch (eCO2) is a concept, along with 90% of the rest of the products featured on the site.

    Zippyflouder, you made some valid and important points to be addressed if this watch were to actually be produced. Yes, the display says 12.56lbs of CO2 removed and the date is Jan. 13th 2008 but the watch is strictly conceptual. I understand that the main issue with the current CO2 scrubber concepts is cost and how to rid of the CO2 once collected. Through a little research you will find that the technology is currently being developed for a CO2 scrubber utilizing a filtration system. An Ion exchange resin would be used to capture the CO2 similar to to a water filtration system. Ideas have been generated to use the captured CO2 in greenhouses or to grow algae.

    The watch concept that would sense the power consumed by your personal electronics and display co2 generation is another possible idea. This would require the watch, device, and charger to communicate constantly utilizing wireless technology, perhaps Bluetooth (Notice the Bluetooth symbol on the watch). This was a concept that we pondered over for a while, but chose to go in another direction.

    • zippyflounder says:

      kudo’s on doing your research (other proto designers take note)however mass is mass. I understand conceptual, I also understand that often a client will toss a whole raft of lash ups the marketing dept has decided they must have to sell well.

      I will however contiune to flash a spotlight on things that will just not “GO”. Concepts that break the known laws of physics, need fairy dust technology or unobtainioum materils to me show that the “designer” is not one, he/she is a artist. Often its just a case of “wouldnt this be cool” and there is no harm in that, however if you put it out there for comment, expect, no demand somebody saying “wait a sec, how you going to do that”.

  • Chung Dha says:

    Oh wow what a stupid idea. Lets collect poison and compress it in your watch and if some leak out into your beverage you might carbonated drink or die but at least you have collected some C02.

    CO2 collector project are not meant to be use for perosnal accessory use. Also it uses different chemicals and need to be way bigger than a watch to work properly. Those project are meant for placing big machines in the city or close to fabrics to collect the C02.

    Also CO2 compressed and collected form is more poiseness, at 10% is can make you unconscious and compressed it also drops in temperature to -78, in other name it turn into dry ice.

  • James you run an excellent blog that I check frequently all day. Always great, fresh concept stuff. I know it’s called yankodesign, not yankofunction. And that’s why I’m here.

    It just surprises me to still see the C02 horse being beaten since I thought that genie had been put back in the bottle.

  • Nick says:

    But where is the CO2 stored? How do you dispose of it? How do you power the ‘scrubbers’ ?

    It doesn’t make sense until these questions are answered.

  • nnamffoh says:

    Looks great. Were can i buy it? :)

  • Banks says:

    Why don´t they use that in cars instead of peoples o0″ ?!?!?!?!

  • wxc says:

    sure!great job!

  • Cruelest thing you can do is tell someone that their design or concept is stupid. It's needlessly cruel. Why would you do that to someone? Let's see you put this much work into something.
    I think the CO2 idea is wonderful. Perhaps if the watch had some kind of capsule in the back that you could empty into a separate container that houses a plant or something, and once the capsule was full the watch would simply stop scrubbing until it was emptied.
    The issue of the carbon used in production is definitely something to think about, but I can't imagine it being the biggest obstacle.
    This is a brilliant idea. I'm imagining instead of a watch, why not a house with scrubbers, so that the house actually eliminates some of it's own footprint? Why not have factories with scrubbers? There are a lot of useful ideas here! Keep shifting them around, I'm sure you'll find something that'll work.

  • Cruelest thing you can do is tell someone that their design or concept is stupid. It's needlessly cruel. Why would you do that to someone? Let's see you put this much work into something.
    I think the CO2 idea is wonderful. Perhaps if the watch had some kind of capsule in the back that you could empty into a separate container that houses a plant or something, and once the capsule was full the watch would simply stop scrubbing until it was emptied.
    The issue of the carbon used in production is definitely something to think about, but I can't imagine it being the biggest obstacle.
    This is a brilliant idea. I'm imagining instead of a watch, why not a house with scrubbers, so that the house actually eliminates some of it's own footprint? Why not have factories with scrubbers? There are a lot of useful ideas here! Keep shifting them around, I'm sure you'll find something that'll work.

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