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I guess Precious didn’t want AJ the Fiesta having all of the telemetric sensing and twittering vehicular fun. Precious was created as a “smart” bike that can carry his rider, Janeen, across the US to raise money to benefit LIVESTRONG. Precious is outfitted with an array of sensors and a microcontroller, and like AJ, the system correlates that data into moods and thoughts that are then tweeted. I’m not really sure if all the tweets are pre-canned or if somebody is reading the sensor data and interpreting it as the thoughts and feelings of the bike and composing some of the content.

I really like the website and how you can scan back through the days traveled, see some of the scenery, direction of travel, relative speed, incline, and stats like: How much roadkill, how many times honked at, number of rainy days, miles traveled per day, and probably most importantly of all, how much money raised.

(And yes, I know I’m personifying Precious as a boy. They refer to him as such on the site. Hey, who am I to argue with a bicycle’s gender identity?)

Yes, I Am Precious
No Direction Known (Janeen, Precious’ rider’s blog)

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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