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Remote control LiDAR
lidar news report on an interesting transit project monitoring a section of tunnel twice daily to identify any internal changes to the infrastucture. The system is totally unmanaged and housed within protective casing. Upto 1Gb of data is collected and fed back via EVDO wifi modem. Whilst most lidar kit is far from being reliable, well-honed, products, this does demonstrate growing maturity in the market.

posted on: Wed, 23 Jun 2010 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

TanDEM-X Launched
TanDEM-X launched today and with it we hope the dawn of a new DEM era. The BBC have a very well written article of the mission applications, so no need to repeat it. Other than to say its a unique interferometric SAR mission employing two satellites flying in tandem with the intention of yielding a DEM of the entire surface of the Earth at 10m resolution and a vertical accuracy of 2m.

posted on: Mon, 21 Jun 2010 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Trimble acquires Definiens
lidar news gives a bit more thought to the widely reported acquisition of Definiens eCognition by Trimble....

posted on: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

UI Design and 3D Interfaces
Remember Minority Report? That cool UI that Tom Cruise uses to interface with the computer and sort and analyse data?? Well the UI design was real at the time and early prototypes in use. John Underkoffler provides a fascinating looking at current 3D user interfaces and, as he says, its where the input and output are the same location, all built within a 3D spatial paradigm for manipulation. And the obvious early uses (as he demonstrates) are spatial which raises lots of interesting questions about future interfacing with GIS.

posted on: Wed, 02 Jun 2010 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Preservation of (spatial) data clearinghouse
A very interesting press release last week from the Library of Congress about an NDIIP funded project on digital preservation....

posted on: Tue, 01 Jun 2010 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Where's my stuff??
We're moving to a world of TOIDs.... well not, the OS implementation of TOIDs, but the idea that "objects" in the world can be, and are, interesting....

posted on: Tue, 01 Jun 2010 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry