It is not a terribly far stretch. In the last decade, GoPro has built a large and passionate following on YouTube and other Internet sites with its adrenaline-soaked and professionally made videos of surfers riding through barrels of waves and skiers parachuting off snow-covered cliffs. Customers have independently uploaded millions of their own videos, too. And many happily label the clips with the term GoPro, which has become a sort of shorthand for action shots.
Road and Track magazine has a tribute to the Ford Mustang – 50 years ago, Gail Wise, a 22 year old teacher in Chicago was the first Mustang owner. The article describes the car launch, the economy then and how the car became associated with endless summers, Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca’s influences.
What's special about the just-released Modbar? You can't see it. But the baristas can see you. Its hefty heat-and-pressure-generating components are hidden under the counter so customers can better interact with the experts pulling their shots. Gorilla is dedicating theirs to single-origin selections like bright, citrus-inflected beans from Gishamwana island in Rwanda.
It was a gorgeous weekend in NYC and my wife and I enjoyed several acres of NYC’s Central Park along with several migratory birds that drop by as the temperatures start to rise. This documentary does a very nice job describing the unexpected pleasure of seeing so many species in the middle of the Manhattan concrete jungle
I was also impressed with all the subtle technology that enhances the park experience
My wife and I used the iBird Pro app on our iPhones to check out various species we were unfamiliar with. We took a tour by Dr. Robert DeCandido better known as "Birding Bob" who in his twenty years of birdwalks is now fully in the digital world with a website and accessible by mobile phone. Here he is with his iPhone and his handheld iHome speaker. He used his Sibley birding app to call out and attract a downy woodpecker and a flicker. If you walked all year round he said you would probably run into 250+ species.
(Sean) Zhang says his team has taken a step toward decreasing paper consumption with the water-jet rewriteable paper because it can be printed on and erased a number of times. The paper is made with dyes that are invisible when dry but reveal colors when wet. Water acts as a key for the dye, opening up closed and colorless molecules when it is present to trigger coloration.
NSA’s spies divide targets into two broad categories: data in motion and data at rest. Information moving to and from mobile phones, computers, data centers, and satellites is often easier to grab, and the agency sucks up vast amounts worldwide. Yet common data such as e-mail is often protected with encryption once it leaves a device, making it harder—but not impossible—to crack.
Retrieving information from hard drives, overseas data centers, or cell phones is more difficult, but it’s often more valuable because stored data is less likely to be encrypted, and spies can zero in on exactly what they want. NSA lawyers can compel U.S. companies to hand over some of it; agency hackers target the most coveted and fortified secrets inside computers of foreign governments.
I have had the good fortune to see Egyptian antiquities in Cairo, Paris, London and elsewhere. Having just walked by Cleopatra's Needle as we approached the Met from Central Park, I first went to the Egyptian section of the museum. I was impressed with the projection technology which displays a digital version on a wall inside the museum with no distortions by my shadow or others walking by that section of the museum. I was fascinated with a section nearby which described Pharaonic construction technology and units of measure such as cubits, palms and fingers.
Two striking things about the Met - the differences in lighting everywhere. Natural lighting to show off a Chinese garden courtyard, or to dim the background of a Japanese deer petrified in glass or to emphasize the contours of a Bernini sculture
The other impressive thing is the discreet security. You have to strain to notice the surveillance cameras on top of high ceilings and an employee told me touch and proximity sensors, out of sight, guard most of the valuables.
I learned the Met has been encouraging artists to use 3D printers to simulate some of the art in the museum
The Met also has an exhibit by artist Ryan Kittleson who extrudes 2D work such as Rembrandt’s Self portrait into 3D based on image brightness. The resulting images resemble a seemingly archaic plane of spikes—except when viewed head-on.
While the museum is working on a mobile app, it offers an audio guide with over a hundred hours of commentary on its pieces, and has impressive visualization of its data. For example, the Met has a map meant to interest young patrons – the detail about museum data packed into the poster is striking. It also has a wall with images in chronological order of all the artwork it has collected since it was founded in 1870.
A mervelous experience which keeps getting better with age.
BusinessWeek on Dallas Museum of Art trading free entry for patron data
“The program has so far delivered about 2 million records that show how visitors use the museum. “In the past all we’ve ever known is that some number of anonymous people have entered a space,” says Robert Stein, the museum’s deputy director and a software developer who previously worked with Anderson at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The DMA is using the data to learn which galleries are the most popular, which events attract visitors from city neighborhoods where museum membership is thin, and the rate of repeat visits. It’s similar to the metrics relied on by online retailers, Stein says, but “instead of clickstreams, you’re looking at streams of activity in a physical space.” Mindful of privacy concerns, the museum tracks activity only when members decide to check in to the museum or scan a card in a gallery.”
For non-astronomers, stargazing may seem simple: Just plop down a scope, and peer toward the heavens. It’s usually not quite that easy. Scopes can be tricky to set up and celestial objects elusive. The Celestron Cosmos 90 GT uses a Wi-Fi connection with a smartphone to do the hard work for you. To align it, users point it at any three bright objects in the sky; the scope uses them to triangulate its precise location. Through an app, users then select the celestial body they want to see from Celestron’s 120,000-entry database. Motors in the base position the scope in seconds.
Another in a 2014 guest column series which builds on the one in 2009 where 50+ had written about how science /tech has evolved their hobby/interest.
This time it is Cindy Jutras, President of Mint Jutras, a firm which analyzes various aspects of the ERP software marketplace. Here she writes how her passion for oriental martial arts and painting is actually an antidote to the technology in her career
They say looks can be deceiving. That’s often the first thought that comes to mind when people I meet in a business setting learn that I am a martial artist. While it is actually not a topic that comes up often, Vinnie discovered this about me recently when we were looking at a mural on the wall of a conference room of a mutual client. I happened to mention I was an artist… a sumi-e artist to be more precise. Sumi is Japanese for “black ink” and the e on the end translates to “painting.” I hold dan (black belt) rank in three different styles of martial arts, and my early years of study focused on the destructive arts (punching and kicking). But my introduction to sumi-e came through my study of Kosho.
Kosho isn’t really a “style” of martial arts, but more a philosophy and an integrated study of natural movement. As such it encompasses many different fields of study, including healing arts, sword and cultural studies like brushwork. My work with the brush began with shodo, which is literally translated as “way of the brush,” but really refers to calligraphy. Kosho’s roots are in Japan, so in the study of shodo we learned to interpret and practiced Kanji characters. After undergoing a major reconstruction of my knee, I found myself drawn more and more to the brush, and being a rather “creative” type this led me to more expressive forms of brush work: sumi-e.
But as you progress in the arts you realize all of these studies are connected. Practicing with the brush improves your sword handling and your empty hand techniques because all are based on the flow of movement. I had found a way to preserve my skills and continue my practice of the arts without being restricted by my age or physical limitations.
So when Vinnie asked me to relate these studies to science and technology, one was easy and one was hard. The science part is easy. Study of movement and the human body is loaded with science and I am fascinated by the connection of seemingly unrelated movement. Yet one of the reasons I am drawn to the way of the brush is because it lets me escape from the technology that dominates my professional life. And it allows me to add some diversity that I can’t even think about allowing in my business, which is researching, writing and speaking about how technology impacts business.
You see, sumi painting is the polar opposite of technology research. This is quite apparent in contrasting western art with eastern art. Western art is about realistically representing the subject. Eastern art is about capturing the essence of it. A sumi painting is less about being an accurate depiction of reality and more about making a suggestion. In my business, I draw on decades of experience, but I must be precise and back up what I write with facts and data. In other words, I need to paint an accurate representation of reality. In my sumi paintings I can capture the spirit of the subject and inspire the imagination of the audience. The four “treasures” of sumi are simple: brush, ink, inkwell and paper. No technology required.
“I'm floating toward the space station, the curvature of Earth visible below me. I'm pulled as if by tractor beam, but with enough time to turn and look behind, down, and dead ahead. My stomach churns. I feel like I might break off and drop into orbit any minute.
I'm in a desert warzone I can't identify. Camoflaged soldiers give a man in a truck passage. In a blink, small arms fire is resounding and orders are shouted between troops. I scan the buildings and alleys for the source while the soldiers move ahead, ducking between corners for shelter. I don't realize it's a drill until I see the safety-orange tips of their guns.
I'm at E3, the international gaming conference, being ferried through a crowd of strangers all bathed in the transluscent blue light of screens. I try to look across the scrum, tilting my head back and forth to peer over heads, hoping to make eye contact with myself. I was there, after all.
I take off the goggles strapped to my face and I'm in the meeting room of a New York office building, looking at the smiling, long-haired documentarian Danfung Dennis, whose latest footage I've just been previewing through the virtual reality headset the Oculus Rift.”
GoPro's small point-of-view shooters are best known for stunt footage taken on (and high above) the Earth's surface. But these video cameras also excel in the depths, thanks to great lowlight performance and an ultra-wide-angle fixed lens. (If you have an hour, hop on YouTube and search "GoPro underwater.") The latest model, the Hero3+ Black Edition, includes a separate housing that's waterproof to 131 feet, and records video in up to 4K resolution (or a burst of still shots at 30 frames per second) via a 12-megapixel sensor. Screw it onto a hand-held pole mount and you'll be able to grab up-close imagery of fish you're stalking. Or turn the camera back toward you to snap the ultimate underwater selfie
“No branding tool is more powerful than color. It can transform a logo into an emotional experience by instantly stimulating desire, instilling trust and connecting your company to the customer's soul. Also, it's pretty. After consulting with psychologists, designers, decorators, the guy at the paint store and our aunt down in Florida, we've created a guide to the virtues conveyed by 20 colors frequently used in company logos.”
To try and out-do the iPhone's Siri and Android's Google Now, Microsoft interviewed real personal assistants about their jobs, and tried to replicate everything they do. What sort of requests they got from their bosses, and how they handled them.
From there, engineers created what they feel is the first real digital assistant. Siri was just a prelude.
So, when Lucas Westcoat, a senior Microsoft product manager showed off what Cortana (named after a character in the Halo video game) could do, the first task was asking her for a reminder to congratulate the wife on a great new job the next time we spoke. That would kick in, he said, when the next phone call, text or e-mail from her was generated.
The problem and the basic solution are ancient. Farmers plant crops, animals raid them, and farmers put up scarecrows to frighten off the marauders. Now, researchers are combining common technologies with insight into animal behavior to update the ancient scarecrow in the hopes of helping the most vulnerable of growers.
In April, scientists from Western Kentucky University and African collaborators plan to begin another field season, developing motion-activated scarecrows intended to drive off crop-eating animals with a barrage of random cues that trigger deeply ingrained fears.
In addition to devices being tested on smaller animals, researchers are developing special tracking collars for elephants that will activate scarecrows when the massive animals draw near.
This article in the Booz Strategy + Business magazine explains why US manufacturing is bouncing back – wages, energy, proximity to consumers but explains why technology in design and across the plant will be needed to sustain the momentum
“Anderson laughs easily and readily, often at himself. Make no mistake, he's a voluble Renaissance man who's fully aware of his accomplishments as a particle physicist (at Los Alamos National Lab) turned magazine chief (with The Economist and then Wired, which he edited for the past 12 years).
But he'd rather talk about how he's the dumbest guy in the room at 3D Robotics, a mushrooming year-old garage-based operation that — thanks to some $37 million in venture capital infusions — is poised to be a leader in the coming drone economy.
"Being a journalist and being a CEO are similar, because as a journalist you're writing about the do-ers, and as a CEO you're empowering them and taking delight in their success," says Anderson. "I'm the worst programmer and electrical engineer here. And I should be."”
The online crafts fair that got its start in 2005 is no longer home to just hand-knit beanies and other folksy finds. Nine years in, Etsy is a bustling e-marketplace whose sellers are being courted by the likes of West Elm and Anthropologie.
Sound waves tend to travel every which way, meaning if you can hear something, you can usually be heard. This acoustic circulator focuses sound waves so they travel in one direction and blocks them from moving back.
Tor, an acronym for “the onion router,” is software that provides the closest thing to anonymity on the Internet. Engineered by the Tor Project, a nonprofit group, and offered free of charge, Tor has been adopted by both agitators for liberty and criminals. It sends chat messages, Google (GOOG) searches, purchase orders, or e-mails on a winding path through multiple computers, concealing activities as the layers of an onion cover its core, encrypting the source at each step to hide where one is and where one wants to go. Some 5,000 computers around the world, volunteered by their owners, serve as potential hop points in the path, obscuring requests for a new page or chat.
USAToday hosts a panel with Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson; Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants CEO Michael A. Depatie; Choice Hotels International CEO Stephen Joyce; InterContinental Hotels Group President of the Americas Kirk Kinsell; and Best Western CEO David Kong.
Photo Credit of pilot at Starwood where guests can use their smartphones as room keys
Regenokine is a patented procedure that involves drawing blood from a patient and then separating and treating it with heat to concentrate its healing properties. The incubation process takes up to 24 hours, and it stimulates the growth of immune-regulating substances from the body, like tumor necrosis factor and interleukin-1. Once the blood is ready, it's injected directly into the joint or other source of pain. Since the procedure is noninvasive, it carries little risk of side effects like infections and does not require months of physical rehabilitation. While no one knows exactly how long the relief will last, Wehling says he usually doesn't see patients for years afterward, and in some cases, such as when he treats slipped discs, he is confident the treatment can offer a permanent fix, especially when patients follow injections with Wehling's nutrition and training program. "This is a new, proven way of treating chronic pain," says Wehling. "We see a positive result in 80 to 90 percent of patients."
On March 18, Sony (SNE) announced Project Morpheus, its long-term effort to develop a VR headset for the PlayStation 4. Sony’s idea is more social—displaying the virtual world from its glowing blue headset on a TV screen for others to watch. Morpheus also uses the PS4 camera to replicate user movement in-game. “Seeing how the development community was starting to respond to Oculus Rift (since acquired by Facebook) gave us a prompt to take something we were experimenting on and make it more of a product,” says Sony Computer Entertainment President Andy House, adding that Morpheus won’t be on shelves this year.
Consumer Reports has a nice “state of the market” on advanced safety systems coming to market, the building blocks for the autonomous car.
“Research shows that 90 percent of crashes are caused by human error. That’s why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and every major automaker are increasingly focusing on systems that allow the vehicle to become a partner in the drive by monitoring a car’s surroundings, warning the driver of danger, and even taking control of the car in some situations. “For the past 40 years, we’ve been working on protecting people from the crash,” says David Strickland, NHTSA’s former administrator. “This is the new North Star, making sure the crash never happens.”
Overall, the advanced safety systems are just getting warmed up, but they are already showing promise in reducing the number of accidents and fatalities on today’s roads.”
“This assigns each shot a probability related to its position, and thus determines how well a goalscorer is performing. The statistic filters out the quality of the opposition and the quality of the player's team. Last year, for instance, Tottenham's Gareth Bale had 161 shots and 21 goals, when, according to the goal-expectation model, he was due to score only 11. "Bale would regularly shoot from situations with a low probability of success, such as from a distance of 30 yards, and score," says Paul Boanas, Prozone's senior account manager and a former performance analyst. "This type of contextual information helps to explain why he's worth so much."
Some of the most important elements of football remain very hard to quantify and it's difficult to understand what we can't measure. Consider defence. Using data from the last ten seasons of the Premier League, Anderson and Sally compared the value of a goal scored and the value of a goal conceded. They found that scoring a goal, on average, is worth slightly more than one point, whereas not conceding produces, on average, 2.5 points per match. "Goals that don't happen are more valuable than goals that do happen," Anderson says. "It's counterintuitive. The question is: how do we measure something that doesn't happen? The challenge is to see the unseen."
And that they use conveyor technology to get piles of material up to the roof from trucks and debris down for impressive worker productivity. And nail guns and magnetic sweepers to keep the work and workplaces tidy.
The humble shingle is now designed for aesthetics, energy efficiency, algae resistance, and importantly for us in Florida to handle wind resistance up to 130 mph.
But it is not just the shingles. There are layers of moisture barrier, undereave ventilation and insulation that supplement the shingle protection.
Then there is improved fastener technology as explained in this Owens Corning video. With all this science wo wonder they can do jobs in days that took their parents weeks to do. And warrant their work now for decades.
“What we will see in the future, I believe, is not just the ability to put two tanks on a planter and vary the rate of pop-up fertilizer and nitrogen,” says AGCO’s Hamilton. “We’ll see phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen tanks, and we’ll see micronutrients in the future.”
The iPod happened. Playlists happened. Pandora happened. YouTube happened. Spotify happened. SoundCloud happened. Shazam happened. I couldn’t believe them when I saw them. I couldn’t believe them when I heard them. But they are here, and they are changing everything about our relationship with music.
Still—like Fishbone said in a song I just heard on a streaming radio station—problems arise. Sometimes it’s a little too easy to get to a song: think, type, retrieve. What about calling up your friend, making him drive you to the record store, waiting patiently behind the guy who won’t move away from the “B” bin, and then flipping through to see what Beach Boys records (or Beastie Boys or Brothers Johnson or Buckingham Nicks) are left? All of that’s gone now. And, counterintuitively, because it’s gone, it’s harder and harder to truly fall in love with a song or album. What was your cost of entry? How hard did you have to work? Which leaves the ultimate question: How do you build a relationship with music? How do you find your way to those songs that draw you in and—like Eddie Floyd and Mavis Staples said in a song I heard just yesterday on a randomly shuffled playlist—never never let you go?
Asap54 is an image recognition app that can match photos of clothing and accessories to identical or similar products stored in its database, making items easier for shoppers to find and directing them to retailer sites.
On a visit to Detroit this week I saw several old and new aspects of this ever evolving area
First a dinner with two friends who work for Silicon Valley companies but chose to relocate to this part of the world for the quality of life. Appropriately opposite a town square and park in Plymouth which is Americana at its best.
Next a visit with Plex Systems, which is a provider of cloud manufacturing solutions to many companies in the auto industry (among others). Plex’s HQ in Troy has all kinds of street art which adorn its conference rooms.
Jason Blessing, CEO of Plex, proudly showed off his Shinola watch. Shinola, one of several new local startups, proudly says “ We’re starting with the reinvigoration of a storied American brand, and a storied American city.”
Time with executives of Inteva Products, a supplier of panoramic roofs and door panels you see in a number of Mercedes and other cars. They explained how their Adrian plant, an hour sw of Detroit is now one of the most profitable in the world. That’s saying something because they have plants in China, East Europe and other low cost locations.
Then a dinner at a restaurant in Birmingham, which has been a town of choice for generations of auto industry executives.
Finally, the tunnel at Detroit airport with 9,000 feet of color changing LEDs. Impressive that the Philips Color Kinetics solution has lasted for over a decade with no lamp or fixture replacements.
Plex Systems invited a few analysts to its HQ in Troy, Michigan. The highlight of the day was an interactive session where 4 of us “worked” on the shop floor of "Edge Corp" extruding from resin pellets components for car key fobs then assembling the parts and observing the workflow in the Plex ERP system.
While there were plenty of iPad, ruggedized PC and other displays on the floor and on the walls and Plex UI on each (some simply designed with color coding and alerts for shop floor convenience, others more colorful to show Kanban flow and product traceability graphs), what was striking was the variety of data capture technology that did not require keyboard and mouse interaction. It was an impressive display of how the Internet of Things as is already changing manufacturing plants around the world.
To start with, we all had employee badges printed using a Zebracard printer, Those badges were read by a Opticon OPR-2001 scanner. That provided our security access, guided us to appropriate work areas, and kept track of our time and our productivity for payroll input.
Labels with barcodes generated by Zebra light (GX420T) and heavy duty (ZM400) printers and scanners (like the Motorola MC9190 ) documented the production flow for the system from resin receiving to various production areas to finished fob shipping.
Quality checks via a digital Mitutoyo caliper (which triggered alerts in the system if tolerances were not met), and safety/inventory controls via a Kors Engineering provided light curtain and nano device (like a Staples Easy button) provided other non-keyboard interfaces.
The Plex IT Services team has a catalog which shows forklift computers, quality recording devices and IP based surveillance systems for various shop floors. It partners with a wide range of device vendors as shown below.In the next wave expect this list to expand as wearable technologies invade the shop floor.
One of their executives told me these connected devices are now allowing customers to take a step further and fine-tune energy usage decisions depending on how much lighting/air-conditioning is needed based on device utilization metrics.
Ben Stewart, an executive at a Plex customer, Inteva Products which provides door panels and sun and panoromic roofs to several auto makers, observed us at work. I asked him what he thought of the set up, and he said it fairly represents shop floor set up and technology at many plants he has worked at. That’s a pretty high compliment to the Plex mockup we participated in.
Entrepreneur magazine lists 75 new franchise ideas started in last 5 years. They reflect our changing taste in foods, lifestyles etc including Bricks 4 Kids which offers “Lego-engineering classes, camps and parties” and Tide Dry Cleaners, Procter and Gamble’s foray into the service side of laundry.
Hundreds of employers of all sizes are contracting directly or through their insurers with telehealth providers to cut medical costs and give workers 24-hour access to doctors and nurse practitioners. WellPoint teamed up with Boston-based American Well to offer telemed services to 3.5 million of its health-plan subscribers last year and intends to extend the service to another 32.5 million over the next 12 to 18 months. UnitedHealth Group began a pilot program in January, providing 310,000 subscribers in Nevada with virtual doctors’ visits.
InformationWeek’s annual issue shepherded by Chris Murphy, one of my favorite technology observers, is as usual chockfull of case studies
“Kroger is using people-counting sensors at its grocery store cash registers to alert managers when lines are piling up. Merck is using new data collection and analysis models to improve the reliability of its vaccine manufacturing process. Capital One lets credit card customers convert a cash purchase of a plane ticket to one using reward points, even months after the buy, with a feature called Purchase Eraser.”
Some of the findings
“We asked the Elite 100 companies which of eight factors are among the top three ways they’ll use technology to innovate this year. Two responses fall in the “provide a better product” category: 48% will introduce new IT-led products or services; 25% will create a new business model or revenue stream. In the first case, companies seem to be in-fusing digital elements into the offerings they already have. In the second, much less common case, companies are getting into an entirely new product segment or market using digital technologies. In the cost-cutting category, technology plays an almost equally important role: 46% of Elite 100 companies are using technology to make business processes more efficient, and 21% are doing so to lower IT or business costs.”
You can connect with professionals with a range of skills. Kyle Kesterson, founder and CEO of Seattle-based animation startup Freak'n Genius, attended a Global Shapers retreat that included people from the worlds of technology, media, sports, engineering and the arts. In one session, participants listed their areas of expertise and discussed what they could do to help the others. "With such a high-performing group, it took up a whole board," he says.
These days, places like Attolini or such stately pleasure domes as the top floor of Ermenegildo Zegna on Fifth Avenue face competition from a far more democratic, rambunctious class of operations that promises closer, quasicustom fits. Now more than ever, a man doesn't have to spend a lot of money to look as good as he might ever want to look, making dressing well a relatively inexpensive proposition, with few barriers to participation. With a few clicks, a man can get a custom suit from online stores like Indochino or J. Hilburn for less than a grand. (Stories and suits are like dogs and ponies; the purebreds are going to cost you.) Or he can visit the emporium of plenty that is Uniqlo: Rows upon rows and floors upon floors of men's wear in minute and dizzying gradations of color and fit influenced by recent designer collections and offered at joke-seeming prices. (A cashmere sweater for thirty-nine dollars? I'll take three.) Uniqlo is a mass operation, fully mechanized and massive, and it caters to the mass interest in looking good with dazzling efficiency. And though there's nothing handmade here, no bearded craftsmen who toil away listening to NPR and knitting the sweaters by hand, a man can still purchase slim-fitting denim jeans along with a cashmere sweater and a blended-wool two-button blazer and appear, from at least a few feet away, to have come from boutiques like Attolini or Odin. We may not have the means to honor the craftsmanship and integrity of heritage and/or bespoke clothing, but we have the aspiration. To look great. To feel good. And to forge a connection, however real or imaginary, with the human hand.
It’s called the WAVE, which stands for Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience. It’s a concept truck and trailer that previews the future of long-haul freight, and it’s designed by Walmart in partnership with Peterbilt, Great Dane Trailers, and Capstone Turbine.
The cab might look like it ran over the back half of a Corvette, but that low profile shape makes it 20 percent more aerodynamic than your standard rig. It’s towing the world’s first 53-foot carbon fiber trailer, which you most certainly would not want to catch on a low bridge.
Inside, the driver sits in the middle–F1 style–and is flanked by LCD displays. But it’s not just for driving: There’s also a sleek sleeper cabin in the back.
The truck uses a turbine-powered battery-electric hybrid drivetrain, and the combustion engine can run on diesel, natural gas and biodiesel.
Curiously, there’s no mention of estimated fuel economy. But even the aerodynamic gains alone could save Walmart a massive amount of money. The company has a fleet of over 6,000 trucks, so every mile per gallon saved is monumental.
Time interview with Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre as they move into streaming music beyond their hugely successful headsets
And the younger generation had no idea what the music was supposed to sound like. That’s why both of us take great pride in the fact that this company is turning a lot of young people onto quality sound, when what they were getting before was really bad earbuds and computers where the speakers faced the table. Dre was very frustrated with that, and we talked about that quite often, because my beginning was as a recording engineer as well. So we’ve always shared that – it was our connection from day one, speakers and audio. And this came about and we did this, and we’re very proud of the fact that an entire generation now is turned onto audio.
Move over ESPN, MLB Advanced Media is piloting new player tracking technology which will bring Big Data to defensive plays
“The cameras went through a pilot test last year at Citi Field, and track the trajectory and speed of a ball, and show the path it takes. Simultaneously, they recognize where defenders are on the field, and how far they are from where the ball will land; it then tracks their actual paths, and how optimal they were. One of the examples used was a fly ball hit to left-center: Jason Heyward tracked it and caught it, running at a top speed of over 18 miles per hour, accelerating at 15.1 feet per second, and taking a path that took 83.2 feet, compared to the 80.9-foot optimal path. This is a 97 percent-efficient path, and was far faster than that of the left fielder, whose stats we also see. (Also tracked: reaction time, which is both useful and cool.) This will happen for every single ball put into play.
For now, the plan is for the cameras to be in three ballparks this year—Miller Park in Milwaukee, Target Field in Minnesota, and a second season at Citi Field—and every park in the league by 2015. Like PITCHf/x, it will be made available in near-realtime for broadcast and highlights.”
At Microsoft Convergence a couple of weeks ago, Matthew Carter, chief executive officer of Lotus Formula 1 described how Dynamics helps his team
“Where it gives us an advantage above some of the other teams is in terms of what we can analyze exactly what it's costing us to make a performance gain on the car. So we can look at maybe a change to a front wing or a change to a rear wing, and we can decide which of those is going to be the most cost-effective way of increasing the speed on the track.”
How expensive and tech savvy can Formula One teams be? Motor Trend magazine captured this photo of the Ferrari F1 telemetry team last year (7 of the 12 members shown below - 11 is Luigi Fraboni, head of Engine Track Operations)
“Gone are the V8 engines that growled at 18,000 revs per minute. They've been replaced by smaller, turbocharged V6s. Gone are the sleek airplane nose cones. Get used to stepped "anteater" noses. And you can kiss reliability goodbye; these new models could fail up to 50% of the time early in the season.
The main reasons behind the shift have to do in large part with the sport's attention to green technology. In an effort to reduce emissions and fuel consumption, teams have expanded the use of kinetic energy recovery systems (Kers), similar to those in your hybrid hatchback. There were also improvements in safety, an area of huge progress since F1's last driver fatality (Ayrton Senna in 1994).
The result is a car that is unlike anything seen in 60 years of F1. As it hits the track, we look back at a few other revolutionary designs throughout F1 history that marked the beginning of new eras in the sport.”