The Ultimate Backpack from Ergodyne

Something a little different for you… If you pack anything like I do, you stuff as much in your backpack on your trips and by now you’ve likely over-stuffed it and paid the price with a rip or tear… no worries of that with this bad boy from Ergodyne. Nickel-plated hardware and 1200D Ballistic Polyester with PVC backing provide superior durability while the reinforced padding on the back delivers maximum comfort and breathability.

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The new Foursquare Learns What You Like, Becomes More Yelpy!

So, here it is, foursquare (R8) with a completely new look and feel. I’m still poking around with it and trying to figure out what’s up with the app. I have to admit, it really does feel more personalized, this thanks to the learning about me that the app wants to initiate – right from the get-go after the update you’ll be promoted to tell foursquare all about your likes, I assume so the app can make relevant recommendations.

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Tripomatic – Custom Maps Built entirely with OpenSource Mapping Tools

An interesting update comes our way from the developers of Tripomatic – custom maps for iOS, Android or BlackBerry that focus on the features tourists really appreciate! What’s way cool about this app is that Tripomatic is based on OpenStreetMap and the Mapnik rendering toolkit while the symbology was designed using TileMill software developed by Mapbox.

Custom made maps for travelers

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Esri MOOC – Go Places with Spatial Analysis #EsriMOOC

Does spatial analysis get you going? Are you eager to learn more about geotech? If so then this new MOOC from Esri is for you! Some details from Esri… This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is for people who know something about data analysis and want to learn about the special capabilities of spatial data analysis. Spatial analysis focuses on location to gain a deeper understanding of data. Spatial analysis skills are in high demand by organizations around the world. You’ll get free access to the full analytical capabilities of ArcGIS Online, Esri’s cloud-based GIS platform. Previous experience with GIS software is helpful, but not necessary for tech-savvy problem solvers. Continue reading

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Tasking your own satellite for data collection… there’s an app for that!

Yes indeed, recently, at the ESRIUC, Esri business partner, Airbus Defense and Space showed off their newly launched service that enables ArcGIS users to easily task a satellite (Pleiades and SPOT) for data collection over any area of interest. the service is now available through the ArcGIS Marketplace and boasts that users will receive their data within 30-60 days (See also the PR announcement).

Airbus Defense & Space Satellite Tasking at the Esri User Conference

Airbus Defense & Space Satellite Tasking at the Esri User Conference

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3D LiDAR Sensor Powers 7th Annual International RoboBoat Competition Winner

Now here’s some cool technology that brings you robotic technology, LiDAR sensors and more… nice! Outfitted with Velodyne’s HDL-32 LiDAR sensor, the pilot-less Embry-Riddle vessel crossed the finish line ahead of the 12 other teams participating in the event, which was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, the AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) Foundation and several industry partners.

Velodyne’s 3D LiDAR Sensor Enables Embry-Riddle Boat to Take First Place in International Roboboat Competition

Velodyne’s 3D LiDAR Sensor Enables Embry-Riddle Boat to Take First Place in International Roboboat Competition

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Tracking Hurricanes and Historical Hurricane Data

Hurricane season is well under way as the traditional North Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1. As soon as the weather alerts start coming in about tropical storms its natural that interest in previous tropical storms will heighten and for good reason. Many of us flock to the site to check out historical paths of storms and hurricanes to see if they match up with current activity. This can be accomplished by using one of my favorite resources from NOAA, the Historical Hurricanes Tracks web.

Historical Hurricane Tracks

Historical Hurricane Tracks (Source)

Using the site you can easily search by geographic location to view all the past storms conveniently color coded by strength.  Note, you can also easily save and share storm paths of interest, for example, this link which takes you to the path of Andrew in 1992 – handy!

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Online Mapping for Beginners – The Map Academy from CartoDB

Something innovative from the CartoDB crew (timely given their recent announcement of CartoDB Enterprise) … The Map Academy, a series of online mapping courses – Learn to create maps on the web and visualize geospatial data.

The first course is ‘Online Mapping for Beginners’, which gives a walk through of many CartoDB capabilities. It’s available as 5 ‘chapters’ of 10 minutes or so each that you can follow along with at your own pace. You can get the data for the tutorials at the Map Academy page – see http://academy.cartodb.com/courses/01-beginners-course.html

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Video – The Known Universe

An amazing video essentially of Everything! Developed by The American Museum of Natural History along with The Rubin Museum of Art, located via the Graffiti Kings facebook page – impressive indeed! Continue reading

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EDU Resource – ESRIUC Papers and Tech Workshop Presentations now Online

Here’s a great resource from Esri that has come out of the 2014 ESRIUC. the company has now generously made available the technical workshop presentations and papers from the 2014 conference. Browse the vast collections of papers and presentations, more than 1,000 in total, all now available to view as PPT and PDF documents – great stuff!

2014 Esri User Conference Technical Workshops

See the Paper sessions HERE and the Technical Workshops HERE

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Yes indeed, you can now download Mars Geology data in SHP files

Yes indeed, you can now start mapping Mars as the USGS and NASA have made available (in SHP format) Mars geology, structures, landing sites and more – Twitter user Larry Buchanan @larrybuch has taken the data and dropped em into QGIS and created/shared a visualization – nice!

 

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First Look Video – Cedar Tree CMP1, mini Android smartphone from @cedar_tech

I’m pleased to share this one with you, shot on location at the 2014 ESRIUC in San Diego… likely your first chance to have a look at the really awesome, Cedar Tree CMP1, mini Android smartphone – My first look at the AWESOME @cedar_tech mini Android smartphone – oh, and FYI, this video was shot with a trial Nokia Lumia 1520 – pretty sweet video quality I’d say! Keep on reading to see the video…

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