Pigeons set up real-time smog blog
The February o4, 2006 issue of New Scientist ( issue 2537 pg 29) reports that twenty birds will soon take to the skies above San Jose, California, each carrying a GPS receiver, pollution sensors and cell phone technology
Got your own blog yet? If not you'd better hurry up if you don't want to be beaten to it by a flock of pigeons.
Later this year 20 of the birds will take to the skies above San Jose California, each carrying a GPS receiver, air pollution sensors and a basic cell phone. They will measure levels of pollutants they encounter, and beam back their findings as text messages to a blog in real time.
"We are combining an air pollution sensor with a home-made cellphone," says interdisciplinary artist and researcher Beatriz da Costa of the University of California, Irvine, who came up with the idea of the pigeon blog with her students Cina Hazegh and Kevin Ponto.
The team has built a prototype of the pigeons' kit containing a cellphone circuit board with SIM card and communication chips, a GPS receiver and carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide sensors
see Reuters story
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