Like many of the readers here, I’m into maps, mapping technology and anything location-aware it seems. A recent visit to the California HQ of HERE (think Nokia maps) provided me with a glimpse inside the company and an up close look at the technology they use to create and deliver such an awesome in-vehicle mapping experience.
A cool update via Brady Forrest @brady this week end as he’s shared details of the new state of Ignite. Recall, Ignite has evolved into a series of events that take place around the World. The Ignite lightning talks have been a favorite of geeks everywhere, enabling them, often for the very first time, to take to the stage for 5 minute to share, inspire and enlighten about their passions. Well, Ignite has now evolved and Brady has shared details in this blog post – check it out, find an event near you, speak at an event or organize an event. You can do so at Ignitetalks.io
LiDAR can be considered an acronym for Light Detection and Ranging. It is a remote sensing technology that’s used to measure distances, and it doesn’t act on its own. It actually — LIDAR typically includes three independently operating technologies. In this video Dewberry Director of Remote Sensing Amar Nayegandhi explains the science and technology behind Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) services.
Working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers are tackling the issue of unmanned aircraft safety. The team recently became the first professional sports franchise to record a video reminding fans – and everyone else – to abide by the laws covering personal drone use.
I caught wind of an impressive use of technology in a recent ABC news story covering the EPA spill in the Animis River in Colorado. The story uses Google maps technology to show the area extent but even more impressive is the UAV captured video providing an incredible perspective to convey to the viewers the damage that has resulted to the affected areas. The UAV videography technology was provided by Terra Imaging – jump directly to the video HERE
Bigger isn’t always better, case in point, the HERO4 Session, an awesome little gadget! Small in size but big on functionality, HERO4 Session is compatible with existing GoPro mounts and will retail for $399.99 MSRP at authorized GoPro retailers around the world and on GoPro.com beginning July 12, 2015.
I love flying, I mean who doesn’t? I simply had to share this amazing video from KLM that lets you experience the flight from Amsterdam to St. Maarten inside the cockpit of the massive KLM 747 400 aircraft and drop into the airport in St. Maarten with a rather short runway. Making it even more exciting, the plane passes over a popular beach just before touching down with beach goers amazed as the plane passes over at an elevation of about 50 feet! Incredible video sharing some great technology and some pretty powerful marketing here by KLM – well done!
NASA Computer Model Provides a New Portrait of Carbon Dioxide – An exciting and amazing new dataviz from NASA – this new, ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe. The Nature Run simulation was run on the NASA Center for Climate Simulation’s Discover supercomputer cluster at Goddard Space Flight Center. The simulation produced nearly four petabytes (million billion bytes) of data and required 75 days of dedicated computation to complete. Source: NASA
YEs indeed the FME User Conference videos, more than 70 of them, are all online for your viewing pleasure! One of my favorite sessions at the event was delivered by Mark Laudon of the City of Surrey, B.C. Surrey is definitely a leader when it comes to open data and citizen engagement, although they are quite modest about it! Enjoy this talk by Mark as he describes their efforts, discusses open data platforms, and shares some very useful tips! [Read more…]
There’s no questioning that I’m a huge fan of digital media – photos, video etc… and I’m also big into sharing. So naturally, when I hear about a cool tool that enables users to create compelling content from digital media and share it then naturally, I’m going to share details – enter Animoto. This app is available as a PC web service and also has a mobile client (see Animoto in Apple itunes shop for iPhone app). Using Animoto you can easily and quickly create a fun video from images and video clips… piece them all together, add some video, save and share. A pro version is available for just $30 per year, enabling users to lift some size and sharing restrictions… nice! See Animoto.com – sample video is shared below… enjpoy and let your imagination wander!
Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.