Taking It To The Air
Recently in the Espresso we spoke of vultures fitted with go-pro cameras to help identify where rubbish and debris was being deposited around particular cities. Although some thought it was a joke it’s said to be completely real.
Off the back of the vultures innovation we found Pigeon Air Patrol, a 3 day project developed by plume labs which fits pigeons with tiny air monitoring backpacks, collecting data to monitor the air in London. The ultra light backpacks are worn by 10 racing pigeons who are owned by professional pigeon breeders.
With each pigeon having its own backpack on, it becomes a mobile air monitoring device, busy collecting data on nitrogen dioxide, the ozone and many other harmful pollutants. If you use twitter, you can tweet your location to @pigeonair, and receive an instant response on air quality from one of the flock.
This is a fascinating innovation and shows a resource previously untapped that can add enormous value and in a lot of cases, solve a big problem. Let’s face it - a lot of big cities have an abundance of this available resource, in that not a day goes by where we don’t come across a pigeon.
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