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The first citywide neuro-geography. Made in New York with MindRider, the helmet that tracks your mind's performance as you ride.
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MindRider cyclists Yapah Berry and Jake Wright. Photo by Ben Tudhope.
MindRider cyclists Yapah Berry and Jake Wright. Photo by Ben Tudhope.
  • 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, MSNBCDiscovery Channel Daily Planet, Fast Company, WiredShape MagazineCNN HLN, Boston Herald, PRI's Studio 360, WGBH, BostInno, MakeDiscovery News, GizMag, KGW-NBCWNYC, 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.

All NYC MindRides as of mid-July. We will make a continuous map of all Manhattan, extend to the other boroughs as well, and publish the results in a map and guide. Click through to see our most up-to-date interactive map.
All NYC MindRides as of mid-July. We will make a continuous map of all Manhattan, extend to the other boroughs as well, and publish the results in a map and guide. Click through to see our most up-to-date interactive map.
Maps from MindRider Ambassador Josue Diaz's daily commute. The MindRider app can give you new insight into your own rides.
Maps from MindRider Ambassador Josue Diaz's daily commute. The MindRider app can give you new insight into your own rides.

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.

Draft book covers for the MindRider Guide, which will explain the riders, rides, technology and data behind the process.
Draft book covers for the MindRider Guide, which will explain the riders, rides, technology and data behind the process.
Draft page spread for the MindRider written guide.
Draft page spread for the MindRider written guide.

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.

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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.

Estimated costs to complete this project. Kickstarter fees include Amazon fees, too!
Estimated costs to complete this project. Kickstarter fees include Amazon fees, too!

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.

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    Thank you so much for your help and your support. Your name will appear in our map and book, and on our website!

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    You’ll get our electronic version of “MindRider Guide to NYC." The guide will have information about our riders, their rides, the technology that makes this all possible, and the data we use in our NYC mapping endeavor.

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    Sweet swag! You’ll get an awesome MindRider T-Shirt, made from 100% cotton and hand-printed by the Shayski’s Shop’s Shay Krasinksi.

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    You’ll get our limited-edition, full-color guide: “THE MINDRIDER GUIDE TO NYC” with MindRider NYC map. Inside, you’ll learn about our riders, their rides, the technology that makes this all possible, and the data we use in our NYC mapping endeavor. The guide is printed on 100% recycled paper.

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    A limited edition, full-color, large format print of our most up to date MindRider map of NYC. A visualization of a never-seen before dataset, ready for framing. The poster is printed on a acid-free, archival-grade paper.

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    You’re awesome and we’d like for you to come down and mindride with us! Not only will you receive our Mindrider guide to NYC, you’ll be featured in it as well. You must be able to ride a bicycle in NYC for at least 30 minutes, wearing the MindRider helmet, before October 31 2014.

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