It appears that Google has decided to see if Loon can become a real thing.
Alphabet spins drone and internet balloon projects into independent companies
Alphabet’s Loon and Wing are now more than just ‘projects’
Spinning projects out of Google-X into their own divisions holds no guarantee that they will succeed, but it is encouraging to see Google placing more behind its internet connectivity projects. You might have seen the news about the ability for these systems to adapt and provide emergency coverage in the wake of the Puerto Rico devastation.
Project Loon delivers internet to 100,000 people in Puerto Rico
FWIW – Drone delivery (Wing)is an interesting spin out too. I would have thought that this use case would have needed more time in the incubator. But, perhaps that’s the strategy, prove the technology and then spin them out as projects quickly to see if they find their use cases.
NVidia has announced impressive progress in using AI to remove noise from “grainy” images without access to a clean version of the image to learn from.
By noise – they tend to refer to the grainy result of a low light digital photo, a side benefit being that they can also easily remove textual noise. Currently, the result is “softer” than the original clean image, but I’m curious whether it will end up causing issues with watermarking or other copy protection schemes. At what point will “good enough” be sufficient for a derivative use when we deal in low resolution imagery on the web all the time?
Many of us in collections rely on the use of watermarks to make openly sharing our collections more palatable to our donors. Already, we have to warn them that there is no low barrier way to really prevent unattributed image reuse… This is simply going to make that conversation even more difficult.
Interesting approach to make sharing your location verbally easier. GPS has more resolution, but is almost impossible to share quickly without some sort of electronic handshake.
What Three Words
How What3words pinpoints every spot on Earth for better navigation
Note to Libraries colleagues – this company currently has a staff of 12 just to manage and encourage the use of this single set of three-word terms…
“We make money by a tool that converts three-word addresses into latitude and longitude” (spoken by Sheldrick in the CNET interview)
Lest you say – “well, that’s interesting – but I think the terms we use should be in the public domain…” may I refer you to Patent #9883333
Getting a start on digging into robotics platforms for a project I’m thinking through.
Collecting some resources to dig into further later:
(Robot Operating System – and Gazebo (a tool for simulating indoor and outdoor robots)
Open Source platform (humanoid)
Arduino Vs Raspberry Pi – Which is Better for Robotics Projects?
I’ve moved the EVTradin’ Post to a new platform. I’m really excited about the things it will allow you all to do. It already deals with some of the most asked for features (mapping of vehicle listings and proximity searches). It allows you to comment on the listings and ask questions both privately and in the comment stream. It allows you to rate the sellers. And, best, it should allow me to phase in new features allowing for people to offer services, share or trade tools or supplies and even take payments through the site as I learn how it all works.
If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, please take a look and let me know what you think.
||Saturday, September 16, 2017
||9AM – 1PM
||Sunset Valley Farmers Market (Tony Burger Center)
3200 Jones Rd
Austin, TX 78745
||NDEW – Austin event page
Come meet EVs and their drivers! Requests to ride or drive vehicles welcome.
NOTE: The farmers market is located more exactly at intersection of Pillow Rd and Hwy 71.
- Did you know that Austin has well over 400 charging ports for electric vehicles?
- Did you know you can buy a tag from Austin Energy for $4.17 a month that will let you charge free at almost all of them?
- Did you know that every EV comes with a charging cord that plugs into a regular 110V, three-prong outlet?
On occasion, scammers will attempt to trick the people who post ads on the EV Tradin’ Post into sending them money. I have enabled captchas on the site to help reduce the amount of spam our users get, but some of these guys can be pretty persistent.
I will include Mike’s Chancey’s original examples below for posterity, but people have been reporting more recent examples on the feedback forums if you want to go there and see recent examples, discuss them or report one yourself.
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(updated July 10, 2018 to reflect the changes in the EVTradinPost platform)
I work to make it so that the EV Tradin’ Post ads go where you spend your time. There are several ways to follow the site and receive notice of the ads in the tools that you most likely have open most of the time.
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