Easter Updates – Upcoming Website Features

Unfortunately, most of Easter was spent on coursework for University, finally completed and handed in this past Monday. This was mixed in with revision and other errands therefore little planning was achieved.

I managed to spend some time a bit of time over Easter, working on some features for the website both to improve my productivity when on the trip and make the site more interactive.

Probably not known, but I have built my website from scratch to keep the site simple, very interactive and most importantly easy and very quick to manage when I will be  riding the rickshaw around the world. Internet will be a luxury and not a guarantee in many places I will be travelling therefore upload all the data and blogs will be important.

On my route map, I can now present the locations of passengers when requested and completed.

Passengers are located by markers

So the plan is when people make a request through the form, when I approve, you’ll be added to the map. It is important that you give the correct location, otherwise I won’t be able to find you!

World Rickshaw Taxi *Live Feed

One of the great features, I am looking very forward to showing is a webcam feed of the whole of my journey which will eventually include additional telemetry.  I have got a working prototype of an infinite scrolling time lapse of webcam shots taken through through an automated program.

World Rickshaw Taxi Time Lapse

Above, is the the time lapse, that I will eventually include on the homepage. You simply can scroll through like a flip book and the altitude and temperature changes. Eventually, I plan to let you become a time traveller and go back in time by letting you select a date.

In terms of a field research project, nothing like this has been attempted academically. My aim is to build relationship between data and hopefully link this back with the fares.

Why?

Firstly, every GPS company I have wrote to for sponsorship hasn’t replied, and I felt I could do a better job! Having looked at many adventure trips in past show casing their collective GPS data, exact position, exact speed, and altitude even their heart rate, I felt convinced that it is seldom interesting without a context. Without context, there are  myriad of questions we could ask, especially for people who haven’t cycled before.

We should be asking why was his heart rate so high – was he pedalling just faster, or was dark setting in and he wanted to get to a camp site? The best way of providing context is a  taking a snap shot – currently no live tracking sites have thought of this.

How am I doing this?

Two months ago I purchased a Raspberry Pi – a small computer that uses hardly any battery (3-4W) allowing it to be connected to a portable battery supply.

Rasperry Pi - Small Powered Computer

 

In a month or a two a camera device will be available to plug directly into the board – the Raspberry Pi cannot process from most commercial webcams. Later I will be acquiring a pressure  (elevation) and temperature chip that I will connect to this and read the telemetry. I am still investigating the use of GPS data, but is an additional cost and also draws power, but will allow me to synchronise data with the map.

If I can find a sponsor, I am considering to make this solar powered using a crowd sourced funded project – bootstrap solar, whom offer very cost effective and open design for a solar charger which is around £60-70 for a 5W kit.

Boostrap Solar

Bootstrap solar offers a 5W solar panel with an open design using bamboo as the casing

This is really exciting and will give people more of a reason to engage throughout my journey.

Further Tweaks:

There are still more further tweaks with the website, but is quite encouraging where it is at already. I am eventually going to need help translating the website, but that will become more important in summer.