- Originally developed at MIT, MindRider is a helmet that shows you how your rides engage your mind, and an app that maps this experience as you ride.
- In the past year, our team has built a set of MindRider helmets powered by brain-computer interfaces (BCI), which MindRider cyclists have been using to map their mental engagement as they ride through New York City.
- We're now ready to map NYC and create a citywide dataset that we can all use.
MindRider has been featured in The New York Times, MSNBC, Discovery Channel Daily Planet, Fast Company, Wired, Shape Magazine, CNN HLN, Boston Herald, PRI's Studio 360, WGBH, BostInno, Make, Discovery News, GizMag, KGW-NBC, WNYC, and many more.
Why MindRide? As bike riding becomes a more common mode of transportation, it's crucial to understand, quantitatively, how the busiest and most tranquil streets engage our mind. Having seen some of the individual MindRides, as well as MindRider map of combined rides, people really want to know more about the data that MindRider provides. Combined with other kinds of datasets like traffic accident, bike lane, and demographic data, MindRider maps can help cities plan more bike- and pedestrian- friendly streets.
Help MindRider Map NYC: We've been MindRiding our own streets here in New York for the past year, and are ready to show you how that service works by mapping the city, visualizing the data, and compiling our analysis into a poster and printed guide. Our team of MindRider users will set up a schedule to MindRide all of Manhattan, and some of the outer boroughs too, then publish a guide and poster so you can see and experience the city's mental signature, block by block.
Why support this project? If you're a fan of cycling, maps, data, urban planning, cities, design, travel, or New York, this guidebook will give brand-new insights on the subjects you love. Even if you're not a New York resident-- say you're a visitor or prospective visitor-- this will be a really unique guide to understanding the environment of a major city. If you're a cyclist in New York, you can even take a MindRider tour with us and contribute your own data as you ride. All backers will have access to MindRider NYC Data in 2015.
Above: A slideshow of some of MindRider's maps and riders. We'd love for you to share in making this groundbreaking guide and map.
Additional credits: MindRider's main makers for Summer 2014 are Arlene Ducao, Ilias Koen, Josue Diaz, Natalia Villegas, Hans Ma, Yapah Berry, and Shay Krasinski. All video and photos by Ben Tudhope. Music by Josh Woodward. Icon images (in the "Rewards" chart) by Mun May Tee, Konstantin Velichko, Edward Boatman, Cynthia Garcia, Takao Umahara, and Scott Lewis for the Noun Project.
Risks and challenges
We aim for all of our deliverables to arrive to backers before December 25, in time for the holiday season.
With our small set of MindRider helmets, it's quite feasible to MindRide all of Manhattan and some of each outer borough (Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island) to make a continuous map. If the weather is great in August-November, we might be able to map even more. If there is a lot of heavy precipitation in August-November, we will map just Manhattan. If weather is particularly inclement, for instance if there are hurricanes in NYC in August-November, we may push back our delivery schedule to early 2015, but this is a last resort.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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