The biggest problem with drones right now is accountability. There are a lot of good FAA-licensed and unlicensed pilots who follow the rules to the letter, and that’s fine. But for the use of commercial drones to expand while there are still people who break the law — knowingly or without knowing what they’re doing — there will need to be a way to keep drone pilots accountable. Kittyhawk today released a white paper that details how UAS Remote ID will work and why it should be implemented in US airspace. Continue reading “Kittyhawk releases white paper on UAS Remote ID”→
It’s been a while since the last episode of the Tangible Tech podcast, and we have a good one for you. A lot of us are fascinated by the idea of self-driving cars, and in this episode your host Steve Sande looks into the present and future of this technology. Steve’s crystal ball is pointing towards the late 2020s before we see a lot of self-driving cars on the roads around the world, but in this podcast we look at the 5 levels of automation and what they entail…and what it’s going to take to get to Level 5.
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Nebulae are the gas and dust clouds that are ejected by stellar eruptions and explosions, and generally have a certain beauty about them. Back in 1847, the star Eta Carinae ejected a nebula that was nicknamed the Homunculus. Since then astronomers have photographed the nebula not only for its beauty, but because it provides information about its parent star. Astronomers now believe that within ten years or so, the nebula will be difficult to observe.
What’s causing the nebula to disappear? Well, the Homunculus will still be there, but Eta Carinae — a star that is of a type called a Luminous Blue Variable — is getting brighter and it will be almost impossible to make out the nebula. By 2036, it’s expected that the star will be ten times brighter than the nebula.
Is the star itself becoming more luminous? Not really. A team of astronomers led by Brazilian Augusto Damineli believes that the dust cloud that makes up the nebula is dissipating as seen from our vantage point, making the star appear brighter.
For amateur astronomers, there’s never been a better time to try to capture the beauty of the Homunculus nebula. Soon, it will be impossible to see it.
You know me. I love me some drones. So when I received a PR blast today about the GDU SAGA industrial drone (AKA “light industrial UAV), I got pretty excited. This is not your run-of-the-mill photo drone; instead, it’s designed for:
Public security – search and rescue, border patrol inspection, fire fighting
Energy security – electric power inspection, oil and gas, equipment inspection
Construction – real estate, construction site mapping, building inspection
Agriculture – crop monitoring
GDU does this through a series of snap-on payloads and a 1 kilogram (2.2 lb.) lifting capacity. The payloads include a gimbal for a DSLR, a 4K camera, an infrared camera for crop or power line inspection, 10X and 30X optical zoom cameras, a megaphone, a floodlight, a gas detector module, and a drop module.
The company makes a point of noting that this is a “military quality” drone; in fact, there are multiple press photos showing Chinese military folks using them. I was just impressed that the damned thing can fly in the rain:
We’re used to cameras getting smaller and smaller, but photographer Ian Ruhter had the opposite idea. For a project he was working on, Ruhter and his team took an abandoned house in Bombay Beach, California, sealed it up tightly so no light would leak in, and then mounted a big lens in one wall to project an image onto a 66 by 90 inch piece of glass. They used the camera to produce a portrait of a local 100-year-old resident who had recently become homeless.
OK, this kind of straddles the line between my regular day gig at Apple World Today and Tangible Tech, but I though that this was worth mentioning to any TT readers who are also fans of home automation.