Saturday, February 11, 2006

Pigeons to set up a smog blog

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 cellphone. 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. They now plan to squeeze all the components onto a single board small enough for the birds to carry in a back pack.

The pigeon bloggers are due to be released at the Inter-Society for Electronic Arts' annual symposium in San Jose on 5 August. The data they send back will be displayed on the blog in the form of an interactive map. As well as providing local residents with real-time data on air quality, da Costa hopes the pigeon blog will inspire people to come up with new ways to monitor the environment. The pigeons will also carry cameras around their necks and post aerial photos to the blog.

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AGRI-INFO/FEBRUARY 11, 2006


TITLE: PIGEONS SET UP SMOG BLOG


ALAM BA NINYO NA MAAARI NANG GAMITIN ANG MGA KALAPATI PARA MASUKAT ANG POLUSYON SA KAPALIGIRAN SA PAMAMAGITAN NG MGA MAKABAGONG MGA KAGAMITAN?

ITO AY ISASAKATUPARAN SA SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA KUNG SAAN MGA DALAWAMPUNG MGA KALAPATI ANG PALILIPARIN TAGLAY NILA ANG ANG GLOBAL POSITIONING RECEIVER, AIR POLLUTION SENSOR AT CELLPHONE.

ANG ANUMANG DATA NA MAKUKUHA NG MGA KALAPATING ITO SA PAMAMAGITAN NG MGA MODERN GADGET AY IBABALIK BILANG TEXT MESSAGES SA ISANG BLOG SA INTERNET BILANG REAL TIME REPORT TUNGKOL SA POLUSYON.

AYON KAY INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST AT RESEARCHER BEATRIZ DE COSTA NG UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, ANG KANYANG TEAM AY NAKAGAWA NG ISANG PROTOTYPE NG PIGEONS’ KIT NA NAGLALAMAN NG CELLPHONE CIRCUIT BOARD NA MERONG SIM CARD AT COMMUNICATION CHIPS.

KASAMA DIN DITO ANG GPS RECEIVER AT CARBON MONOXIDE AT NITROGEN DIOXIDE SENSORS.

ANG LAHAT NG GADGET NA ITO AY ILALAGAY SA IISANG CIRCUIT BOARD PARA MADALING MAILIPAD NG MGA KALAPATI SA KANI-KANILANG BACKPACK.

BILANG MGA PIGEON BLOGGERS, ANG MGA KALAPATI AY KAKABITAN DIN NG MGA MALILIIT NA CAMERA SA KANI-KANILANG LEEG AT LAHAT NG LARAWAN NA MAKUKUHA NILA HABANG NASA HIMPAPAWID AY ILALAGAY DIN SA KANILANG INTERNET BLOG.

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