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Friday, November 11, 2005

CNN covers how GIS Corps geographers used geocoding to find victims during the Hurricane Katrina response. Good article. Interesting definition of geocoding: “the conversion of street addresses into global positioning system (GPS) coordinates.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/11 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Update: 11/18: Story on NPR!

Update 11/11: Corrected incorrect reference to Maryland. This sport occurs in Delaware!

In Delaware they shoot pumpkins for fun. 100 teams build what are basically air guns and slingshots among other things, to send the pumpkins on their way, to fall sometimes nearly a mile away. To measure the distance and determine a winner, they use GPS. Says an article from the Economist, “After each pumpkin lands, eager men on quad bikes zoom around looking for the crater and then start triangulating.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/11 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Board members of the Missouri’s Fort Leonard Wood Region Regional Commerce and Growth Association, among their other work, took time to encourage members to support Representative Joanne Emerson’s petition on the matter. The local paper reports that Emerson hopes to take 10,000 signatures to the White House Christmas Party.

Other news on the Rolla situation: “Mark Newell, public affairs manager for the USGS, said an internal review of the process by which the decision was reached to close the Rolla office is expected back by Nov. 14, and an inspector general report is underway with no final date yet announced.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/11 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, November 10, 2005

At ITS World, Fujitsu was demonstrating a very slick feature for their after market in-vehicle navigation system. Pictured at right is the screen that pops into a dashboard unit. But the driver sees a different image than the passenger. So, sitting in the driver’s seat, you see a map of the current road conditions. If you are a passenger, you can watch a movie looking at the same screen. That’s right, one display; two independent images. The passenger can operate the nav system, too (and in fact is mandated in Japan). According to Fujitsu, "to prevent rough images from appearing on the display, which happens becuse horizontal resolution of the two separate images is lowered, an application technique of antialiasing is used to create neat and clear images." More information can be found by the after market distributor, Eclipse.

by Joe Francica on 11/10 at 08:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

OK…this has nothing to do with mapping technology but it was just too cool to pass up not to blog it. The "i-unit" concept vehicle from Toyota, pictured at right, is certainly eye-catching. It is a personal vehicle and although this shows an upright position, it can extend to a more typical configuration with a more prone cockpit seating arrangement. I’m not sure whether to drive it or take it for a walk?

by Joe Francica on 11/10 at 08:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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