Precious Bike Tweeting for Cancer Research Funding
Precious is the bike with a brain, designed and built by Breakfast NY to be the vehicle where you can donate money to fund cancer research via LIVESTRONG. Precious is a Specialized Tricross Comp bike ridden by a British girl named Janeen. For the next three months, Precious will be on a road trip from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast.
Breakfast NY designed Precious with silicon sensors which gathers data on humidity, temperature, speed, location, cadence, roadkill, grade and direction. The data is processed and are translated into thoughts and feelings which will then be shared trough Precious’ Twitter account.
The makers of Precious further explains how this cool innovative and charitable move came to be, “To gather all of the data from the bike, we developed a device to capture temperature, humidity, grade, speed, cadence (pedal rotation), direction and GPS. The device takes several readings from each sensor, then sends the average values via text message using a cellular module. We utilized the Twitter API to receive and parse the text messages, which are then analyzed by our servers. In order to preserve battery life (we get 35+ hours on a single charge), the device wakes itself up every 5 minutes to check readings and submit data. The rider can also hit a button on the handlebars to trigger the device to report the data for that exact moment.
Once all the information reaches our servers, the “brain” really kicks in. Our servers analyze the data: how many messages have been sent so far today, the time of day, etc. This helps to ensure that every message is appropriate, both in context and timing. The servers look for patterns 24 hours a day, and if they find anything interesting, e.g. it’s been 80ºF with non-stop hills for two days, it will push a message expressing the bike’s feelings on the matter.”
Follow Precious in Twitter, donate and help in finding a cure for cancer.