Harpreet Singh Sareen Argus Nanosensors Inside Plants
Argus Nanosensors Inside Plants is Silver Design Award winner in 2020 - 2021 Cybernetics, Prosthesis and Implant Design Award Category.
Argus Nanosensors Inside Plants

Argus is a living plant with nano sensors inside its leaves that continuously monitor water for heavy metal impurities. Nanometer scale chemical-based sensors are injected inside the leaves through pressure injection. These sensors produce a visible glow on the leaf of a plant. Argus, a bio-hybrid plant, naturally samples water in the environment and any impurities that come along with it. When lead impurities from the environment come in contact with these sensors, the florescence is quenched to indicate that there are impurities in the environment.

Argus Nanosensors Inside Plants
Harpreet Singh Sareen Argus
Harpreet Singh Sareen Nanosensors Inside Plants
Harpreet Singh Sareen design
Harpreet Singh Sareen design
Harpreet Singh Sareen

Harpreet Sareen is a scientist, artist and educator based in New York. His work is situated at the intersection of Material Science, Biology and Electronics and draws on the complementary abilities of the biological and artificial worlds. Harpreet terms this as 'Convergent Design' to create hybrid substrates and bionic materials that lend themselves for future ecological machinery, sensing systems and interaction design. Harpreet is an Assistant Professor of Interaction and Media Design at Parsons School of Design, New York. He also directs the Synthetic Ecosystems Lab that focusses on biological futures, their implications in interaction design, and the cybernetics of organisms and materials. Harpreet earned a graduate degree in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab and has previously lived and worked in the Austria, India, Japan, Singapore and USA. His experience spans corporate research wings, studios, museums to academic centers having previously worked at Google Creative Lab, Microsoft Research, MIT Media Lab, Ars Electronica Museum, National University of Singapore, Keio University and more. His projects are often a synergistic integration of robotics, software, electronics for prototype or final interactive experiences. Harpreet has previously been named as MIT Technology Review Under 35 Innovator (2013), awarded Genpact-NASSCOM National Social Innovation Honour and other recognitions from Microsoft. His academic work has been published at peer-reviewed conferences like CHI, UIST and HCI journals; and his artwork has been showcased at Beijing Biennale, Ars Electronica Festival, MIT Museum and more. He has also been invited to TEDx venues and lectures internationally in universities or innovation centers.

Parsons School of Design

Synthetic Ecosystems is a research laboratory situated in Parsons School of Design, The New School. The lab operates at the intersection of technology and biology, and calls for a fundamental shift in the way we design interactive functions with our digital devices. Through Convergent Design, nature is incorporates as part of the design process to create substrates and bionic materials that inform the future of ecological machinery, sensing systems and interaction design.