X

EU Visitor Notice: This Website Uses Cookies

This website uses cookies to improve user experience, to provide analytical data to better serve our visitors, and to serve advertising to fund our operations. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy.

Your preference will be saved for 90 days, or until you clear your browser cookies.


I AGREE
I DISAGREE
Learn More
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Pigeons Carry Tiny Sensors in Adorable Backpacks to Monitor London Pollution

by Shane McGlaun
Advertisement

I live in a more rural area so I don’t have the hatred of pigeons that some city dwellers have, you might not find this quite as adorable as I do. A company has released a small flock of ten pigeons flying about London for the next few days wearing tiny and adorable backpacks. Inside these little black backpacks are air quality sensors.

bird-sensor-1zoom in

The sensors are made by Plume Labs and they are really the highlight here – wearable sensors small and light enough to be taken aloft by your average laden pigeon. I wonder what exactly is the average ground speed of a sensor-laden pigeon. African or European doesn’t matter.

bird-sensor-2zoom in

While the birds are aloft, if they happen to be in your area of London, simply tweet to @PigeonAir for the current air quality in the area. The sensors are specifically for looking for nitrogen dioxide and ozone concentrations. A request for measurements in the Holborn area read, “High pollution in #Holborn Avoid toxic smog.”

[via New Scientist]



Jawbreaker Guitar

Jawbreaker Guitar

Weaving a Carbon Fiber Rocket Tank

Weaving a Carbon Fiber Rocket Tank

Using Pennies as Floor Tiles

Using Pennies as Floor Tiles

Advertisement
Barn Find ’68 Shelby GT500 Heads to Auction As-Is

Barn Find ’68 Shelby GT500 Heads to Auction As-Is

Lotus Teases Type 130 EV Hypercar with Wispy Green Smoke

Lotus Teases Type 130 EV Hypercar with Wispy Green Smoke

C8 Corvette to Debut 7/18/19, Packing Mid-Engine Design

C8 Corvette to Debut 7/18/19, Packing Mid-Engine Design