Good to see the FAA has given BP the first license to operate commercial drones. Curt Smith had told ne in The New Polymath in 2010 about early experiments with drones to supplement Cessnas to monitor pipelines in remote areas.
“BP's Prudhoe Bay operations rely heavily on gravel roads, which require constant maintenance. AeroVironment's Puma drones, which are hand-launched and have a 9-foot wingspan, use laser-based sensors that can pinpoint problems on the roads, identify how they should be repaired and calculate how much gravel would be needed, the companies said.
The drones also can create 3-D models of gravel pits, and then calculate how much gravel remains and identify areas that are vulnerable to flooding.”
Launched in July 2010, just months after the iPad reached retail, Flipboard effectively reinvented print periodicals for the tablet form factor, aggregating content from a vast range of publishers, news sources and social networks to create touchscreen-enabled, swipe-friendly personalized magazines bolstered by a growing arsenal of customization tools, multimedia features and sharing options. The free Flipboard app also spearheaded a revolution in digital advertising, introducing full-page, click-through ads that emphasize both design sophistication and reader relevance.
Four years after hitting Apple's App Store, Flipboard boasts more than 100 million active readers and adds 250,000 to 300,000 users every day. The company touts direct partnerships with more than 8,000 publishers.
At the Plex social event last week, Cindy Jutras, Frank Scavo and I found what we thought was a quiet corner to chat. Quiet other than a stream of folks posing for photos in all kids of wigs and streamers and in contorted poses. That I could ignore – but the geek in me could not ignore a funky looking printer.
So I went to look and it was actually a Martin Yale cutter and it was putting together old-style flip photo books. Amazing efficiency to keep up with that crowd – the video below explains the simplicity of the design which is also used to bulk process business cards. Newer models reduce the manual loading even more
Next thing we saw was Frank posing with headgear – he later sent us an email saying his granddaughter was amused with his flip book. The outside is pictured above.
The inside I have photos of and will use to blackmail Frank someday
“According to FIFA, this closed-loop system includes seven incredibly high-speed cameras — that snap 500 shots per second — positioned around both goals, at each of Brazil’s 12 World Cup stadiums. These cameras can measure the position of the ball every two milliseconds according to the GoalControl, the German company that makes it. “When the ball passes the goal line, all referees receive in less than 1 second a vibration- and optical signal at their watches,” the company explains.”
ESPN (DIS), which has the English-language rights to the World Cup in the U.S., is taking a blanket approach. For the first time, the network is not only showing all 64 matches live on EPSN, ESPN2, or ABC, but is also live streaming them via its Watch ABC and WatchESPN apps (for authenticated telecom subscribers) and via ESPN3, its 24-hour broadband network.
Four years ago, ESPN hired Major League Baseball Advanced Media, commonly known as BAM, to do the background work for its ESPN3 live streams. Over the previous decade, BAM had made itself an industry leader by figuring out how to stream 2,430 baseball games every season.
BusinessWeek (check out article for nice description of the encoding, chunking and other elements of the streaming)
We entered Canada last week using the Peace Arch crossing just north of Bellingham, WA. We returned via the Lynden, WA crossing (the BC province twin is Aldergrove). It must be one of the smallest crossing booths but I was impressed to see our car surrounded by 6 different cameras (or likely sensors).
Before we drove yesterday I checked wait times at each of the crossings in the vicinity. Nice to see traffic via Google Maps and live videocasts conveniently available here
The officer made small talk while he scanned our passports. If we had NEXUS cards we could have had it scanned by a proximity card reader. To qualify for one, as I did for my Global entry card, you go through biometric and other passport and document scans. For cars selected for “secondary inspection” and for freight trucks there are more elaborate Gamma Ray and VACIS (Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System) scanners and portable radiation detectors.
Of course, our borders both in the North and South are way bigger than the formalized crossing areas so we are using infrared cameras, mobile surveillance trucks, motion sensors and satellite scanning.
It is a daunting task, and I felt grateful we were able to our both crossings in less than 20 minutes.
“What began as a simple, black-and-white highlights package in 1965 on the seminal "Wide World of Sports" program has grown into one of the marquee events in ABC's sports portfolio, and a test ground for innovations such as in-car cameras that are now common in auto racing coverage.”
“Al Unser and Rick Mears carried the first onboard cameras used in Indy 500 coverage for the 1983 race, three years before it was televised live for the first time. In 2006, ABC introduced the "side-by-side" format, allowing viewers to continue watching during commercial breaks. And the following year, the race was broadcast in high definition for the first time.
Two years ago, ESPN began streaming onboard cameras on ESPN3 during the telecast, giving fans watching at home -- or on phones and tablets at the track -- another way to see the action.”
This year Verizon “demonstrated at the track 3-D holographic technology, an IndyCar that simulates how it feels to actually drive around a track and a new tool teams will be able to use during Sunday's race: four different camera angles for every driver. Company officials said the technology will soon be available to fans.”
"The first time I saw the technology I almost cried," said Alexandre DaSilva, an assistant professor at the university’s School of Dentistry, who is using the virtual cadaver along with his students. "In my wildest dream, I never thought that this would be possible."
The team behind the visualization system say it can be used for many other applications, from helping meteorologists dissect hurricanes to aiding in archaeological or paleontological studies. The previous CAVE system is being used by Department of Energy researchers to visualize subsurface models for tapping geothermal energy, to place power lines and to explore the insides of nuclear reactors.
olloclip uses precision ground, coated glass multi-element optics for the lenses. The barrels are made from aircraft grade aluminum using a CNC machine and then anodized. The iPhone attachment is made from a soft plastic material to ensure a secure fit every time.
The 4-IN-1 includes Fisheye, Wide-Angle and 2 Macro lenses
Spike Aerospace, designers of the Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet, has just announced another innovation in aircraft design they plan to incorporate into the jet.
The new supersonic jet will feature a revolutionary windowless passenger cabin so no more glaring sun and no more shades to pull down or push up. Instead, the interior walls will be covered with a thin display screens embedded into the wall. Cameras surrounding the entire aircraft will construct breathtaking panoramic views displayed on the cabin screens. Passengers will be able to dim the screens to catch some sleep or change it to one of the many scenic images stored in the system.
There are several reasons for removing the windows from the cabin. It has long been known that the windows cause significant challenges in designing and constructing an aircraft fuselage. They require addition structural support, add to the parts count and add weight to the aircraft. But until recently, it has not been possible to do without them.