Open Site Navigation
Pratt MID
Varnika Kundu

Varnika Kundu is an Indian industrial designer based in New York. Her work experience ranges from sensory interventions to extended realities, aspiring to innovate interactive products and experiences through a sustainable and empathetic lens.

Lighting fixture paired with a mobile app
Woman holding a lamp with two rings mounted on a stem and cylindrical base

How can design help anosmics navigate an odorless reality in a scent-based life threatening situation at home?

The human body is a complex work of design; A principal conductor orchestrating our experience of the world into a symphony of well-timed sensations that define our reality. But what happens when one of the instruments stops working? From safety concerns such as gas leaks and fires to nearly passing out while cleaning with strong chemicals, many anosmics express feeling paranoid about not knowing if they are in danger.

Living room with Anora's chandelier option on display

Anora is a cross-modal toolkit comprising a mobile app paired with a family of beautiful lighting fixtures for the home that sense dangerous gasses for you if you don’t have the ability to smell.

A generic floor plan showing sensors in each room and an animated change in color to indicate good versus bad odor detection.

The interlinked system may be customized for each room and aims to provide a sense of safety, social inclusion, and better quality of life through audio-visual signals that are drawn from existing sensory associations.

Ambient Noses for Anosmia
Communities
Interactions
Varnika Kundu

Varnika Kundu is an Indian industrial designer based in New York. Her work experience ranges from sensory interventions to extended realities, aspiring to innovate interactive products and experiences through a sustainable and empathetic lens.

Woman holding a lamp with two rings mounted on a stem and cylindrical base

How can design help anosmics navigate an odorless reality in a scent-based life threatening situation at home?

The human body is a complex work of design; A principal conductor orchestrating our experience of the world into a symphony of well-timed sensations that define our reality. But what happens when one of the instruments stops working? From safety concerns such as gas leaks and fires to nearly passing out while cleaning with strong chemicals, many anosmics express feeling paranoid about not knowing if they are in danger.