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Kilo + Tech

At Kilo Books Hawaiʻi, we value analog first. We believe that the power of kilo or observation over time is expressed in higher levels of learning, creativity, art, music, innovation and of course an emergence of new ways of seeing the possibilities between our relationships with the Honua (Earth), our lives, and between each other.

As a family, we believe that our interests in technology are rooted in our upbringing, particularly from our natural and cultural experiences and exchange with the ʻāina. As technology enthusiasts, we contemplate and discuss the role that technology can have to positively change and impact the world we live in.

We dreamt up an idea and concept to cultivate the next generation of water protectors through prototyping a wearable sensor.

Ka Leo ʻĀina Rain Watch wearable sensor (Ka Leo ʻĀina) cultivates three skills for our keiki: kilo (observation), data collection, and decision making. Water becomes the medium that bridges Hawaiian culture to the foundational subjects taught in Hawaii’s schools. Wearable sensors will link to schools’ water management infrastructures via wifi so students can decide water allocation in real time as their kūpuna did.

Ka Leo ʻĀina Rain Watch Wearable Sensor is a wristband that alerts users when the ground sensor detects a rain event. Instead of a digital user interface, Ka Leo ʻĀina utilizes haptic signal technology so that students experience the outside as their user interface. 

Once the rain event is triggered, the rain starts collecting in rain barrels distributed and connected to the schools water management infrastructure, including gutters and drains. After students kilo, they collect data, including the duration of the rain event and the volume collected. The real magic of Ka Leo ʻĀina lies in fundamentally shaping our childrens’ relationships to rain and water and allowing them to decide how to utilize the collected water. We envision our children making decisions about water allocation for school gardening, scientific exploration, and Hawaiian cultural studies. We also see an opportunity for language acquisition and cultural revitalization. 

 

We invite you to join us in the conversation! What other Kilo + Tech opportunities do you see emerging?