Manit, a freelance yoga instructor and personal trainer, signed up in August 2012 as a driver for Lyft, the then-nascent ride-sharing company that lets anyone turn their car into an ad hoc taxi. Today the company has thousands of drivers, has raised $333 million in venture funding, and is considered one of the leading participants in the so-called sharing economy, in which businesses provide marketplaces for individuals to rent out their stuff or labor. Over the past few years, the sharing economy has matured from a fringe movement into a legitimate economic force, with companies like Airbnb and Uber the constant subject of IPO rumors. (One of these startups may well have filed an S-1 by the time you read this.) No less an authority than New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has declared this the age of the sharing economy, which is “producing both new entrepreneurs and a new concept of ownership.”
That’s what makes the Catlin Seaview Survey so timely. The oceans in their full volume account for as much as 90% of the planet, but humans have seen just 5% of the underwater world with their own eyes. Ocean exploration can be expensive, difficult and time-consuming, even in the relatively shallow coastal waters where most reefs are found. But Seaview, which aims to survey every major coral reef worldwide, is able to take advantage of new advances in video and computer analysis to produce a long, sustained look at the oceans, essentially digitizing the seas. The result will be the kind of data that marine scientists have long craved. “By creating a really large global baseline of coral health, we can identify the areas that really need protecting,” says Richard Vevers, project director of the Catlin Seaview Survey. “We want to reveal the oceans of the world.”
“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.”
Although most of its printing will be done in-store, Leigh says, Staples will outsource large-scale jobs to the facilities of 3D Systems, which is running the New York and L.A. trials and has been selling 3D printing services since 2010.
If its U.S. test pays off, Staples says it will consider placing 3D printers in other stores and offering similar services online. Leigh says he wants to showcase 3D printing for casually interested customers, letting them play with the machines and use an in-store photo booth to print their faces on customized action figures.
The system also creates a cooling schedule for you based on your usage habits after a couple of weeks, and you can have the system regulate the AC unit’s energy consumption based on the maximum amount you’d like to spend on your energy bills.
The Wi-Fi-enabled Aros can also be operated remotely via a mobile app — turning it on during the final minutes of your commute home, or having the AC kick on automatically based on your phone’s GPS coordinates, for example. Like other Quirky+GE devices, the Aros is controlled through the free Wink app for iOS and Android devices.
I find myself in Grand Rapids, MI this week where I first saw a Chihuly at the Steelcase campus almost a decade ago. I have seen his work since in Vegas, in St Petersburg and elsewhere and I am glad the whole family wanted to go see his showcase center in Seattle on our recent trip (he was born in nearby Tacoma).
If you find yourself in the vicinity, the art and his Collections Café there are worth a visit. The café has all kinds of his collections from his global travel since – bottle openers, accordions etc.
His work has led me to be a lot more inquisitive about glass as art form – a trip to glassworks in Murano near Venice, Tiffany’s work at the Met, stained glass in several European churches.
It also led me to profile Corning’s Gorilla Glass in The New Technology Elite.
Corning, of course, has an expansive view of glass in the future as the video below shows.
Makes you wonder what the next-gen Chihuly’s will be creating.
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)