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Twitter and Paris’ Plume Labs launch pigeons with air pollution sensors over skies of London

Twitter and Paris’ Plume Labs launch pigeons with air pollution sensors over skies of London | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Perhaps it was only a matter of time before Twitter actually started working with real, live birds.

The company with a bird logo that gave us the “tweet” has partnered with Plume Labs of Paris and DigitasLBi to launch a flock of Internet-connected pigeons to monitor air pollution in London.

Plume Labs is an IOT company that uses a network of sensors around the world to deliver targeted pollution reports to people’s smartphones. DigitasLBi is a global marketing and technology agency.

Yesterday was the first of three days during which the group plans to launch a team of 10 pigeons wearing small pollution-monitoring backpacks. The sensors were specially designed by Plume Labs and are stuffed in small vests that are placed on the pigeons.

 

The sensors are able to monitor levels of nitrogen dioxide and ozone, the two main ingredients in urban air pollution, according to a press release from Plume.

 

The results of the “Pigeon Air Patrol” are posted directly onto the project’s Twitter account. Residents can also follow the birds on the Pigeon Patrol website, which will also show their location.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Congratulations to Romain Lacombe for deploying real birds and monitor our air. Very interesting combination of IoT + SmartCity + BigData approach

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This Guy Is Teaching Your iPhone To Detect Bad Breath ... And Other Smells

This Guy Is Teaching Your iPhone To Detect Bad Breath ... And Other Smells | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

"a tiny San Francisco startup, Adamant Technologies, is trying  to give your iPhone the senses of smell and taste, too.

The company has created a computer chip that works with a bunch of tiny sensors that "can take the sense of smell and taste and digitize them," explains Sam Khamis, Adamant's founder and CEO.

This is not about turning your smartphone into some kind of scratch-and-sniff thing that emits scent. It's about letting your phone or computer or other medical devices smell for themselves.

This was a pretty tricky problem to solve. A computer can easily identify a chemical in the air, but put a bunch of them together and it's stumped. For instance, humans can tell when there's pizza and chocolate chip cookies in the same room. Computers have a harder time with that."

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

This may stink IMHO

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