“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)
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.
Cyberdyne’s robotic exoskeletal suits are designed for use at rehab centers by patients building strength. The company is also pitching them to hospitals and nursing homes in Japan, where people older than 65 already make up a quarter of the populace.