Feb
03
2006

Pigeon Bloggers

You heard me.

Pigeons!: pigeons pigeons pigeons  Merwedekanaal, Utrecht.  Photo Courtesy Eti.
Pigeons!: pigeons pigeons pigeons Merwedekanaal, Utrecht. Photo Courtesy Eti.

Later this year researchers and students at the University of California, Irvine, will start a pigeon blog. 20 pigeon bloggers will be released over San Jose equipped with a prototype kit that contains a small GPS receiver, pollution sensors, cameras, and a home made cell phone. The sensors will measure the level of pollution in the air and then will send the information to the cell phone that will then text the information to a blog in real time. All this fits in a small package that the pigeons carry on their back.

The pigeons are set to be released at the Inter-Society for Electronic Arts' annual symposium in San Jose on August 5, 2006. The data they text to the blog will be displayed in the form of an interactive map.

So contribute your comments and ideas to Science Buzz now before blogging goes to the birds!

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

bryan kennedy's picture

Ha, that's fabulous. This reminds me of the plastic duckies that fell in the sea. A shipping container vessel spilled a bunch of rubber duckies and sneakers into the ocean back in 1992. Scientist who study the ocean were able to track where they went for 11 years to study ocean currents.

posted on Fri, 02/03/2006 - 6:22pm
janet's picture
janet says:

First heard about the pigeons testing air quality with their little back packs on mpr. Heard that the teacher Beatriz da Costa is an artist who works at UC Irvine. I googled beatriz and found her web site and all the other media projects she has been doing.

http://www.beatrizdacosta.net/projects.html

http://www.zapped-it.net/index.html

posted on Wed, 02/08/2006 - 3:28pm
Joe's picture
Joe says:

The pigeon blog is up and running - check it out.

posted on Mon, 08/14/2006 - 12:31pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I THINK THIS IS GREAT THAT OUR BEAUTIFUL FEATHER FRIENDS CAN HELP WITH OUR ENVIROMENT AND CLEANING IT UP. THEY HAVE HELP IN THE WARS AND PROTECTING US. MY FATHER IS HAS BEEN RAISING AND RACING PIGEON FOR OVER 15 YEARS. IT IS QUITE A UNIQUE SPORT.

posted on Fri, 08/18/2006 - 1:42pm
Güvercin's picture
Güvercin says:

Thanks for the post.

posted on Fri, 05/18/2007 - 8:30pm

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