Per the AP:
Brunswick Corp. on Thursday said it plans to sell substantially all of its Brunswick New Technologies business unit, which makes GPS technologies and other portable consumer navigation products.
The unit includes Navman - which offer consumer and some fitness GPS products. (I wasn’t a big fan of the one I reviewed.)
The company plans to focus on its core products: marine, fitness, bowling and billiards.
by Adena Schutzberg on 04/27 at 09:37 AM |
Xavier Lopez of Oracle discussed some of the new features coming with Oracle 11 (beta release in the fall; production release in early 2007) at the Oracle Spatial Special Interest Group (SIG) in Tampa. They include:
** OGC OpenLS
** OGC Catalogue Service
** OGC WFS
** SOAP & XML interfaces for all web services
** MapViewer: AJAX Interface
** Oracle Label Security for versioned data
** Additional valid time enhancements – for long transactions
Planned Support for 3D
Server side data management
** 3D Coordinates – vertical datums & accurate height measurements
** 3D types
- Lines & points
- Solids (cuboids, pyramids)
- Surfaces (TIN)
- Points clouds and LIDAR data types
** Indexing and operator support
- Extend the Rtree index to support 3D
- SQL operators for 3d types
- SQL functions for basic 3d Analysis
More details can be found at the Oracle developers technical website: technet.oracle.com/products/spatial
by Joe Francica on 04/27 at 09:34 AM |
MSNBC offers a look at Geospatial Decision Making, aka, GeoDec, a decision making tool that blends many types of real time and not real time data. Part of the hype from the USC project is a glove interface, but the intersting part to me is this:
“You don’t really need to manually create a database,” he [says computer scientist Cyrus Shahabi, one of the leaders of the USC research team.
] explained. “We utilize all the data sources already out there. We ‘wrap’ them so it looks like it comes from our database, but it actually comes from the original source.”
The program also is designed to blend data from the different sources to create a coherent picture rather than a hodgepodge. The usual method for building a computer landscape requires processing loads of laser-ranging data, then struggling to reconcile inconsistencies in the 3-D maps. GeoDec can crank out 3-D maps automatically, using two different aerial images of the same area to add perspective. And the results are produced much faster.
Hmm… sounds like standards would be good, eh?
by Adena Schutzberg on 04/27 at 09:27 AM |
“It can point the way, it can’t make decisions.”
Joshua Schwartz of the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission on using GIS for locating housing development.
- Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
by Adena Schutzberg on 04/27 at 08:12 AM |
As many expected one way or another, Google has made SketchUp, the 3D design product it acquired from @Last free for personal use. (Now Windows only, but Mac coming soon. A non-free Pro version offers more tools and can be used for commercial work.) The announcement came last night and is covered at AECNews.com by Randall Newton, a CAD industry guru.
As intriquing as the free SketchUp is, the 3D Warehouse is moreso, especially in the hands of Google. The warehouse is where you store your designs for others to find (if they are say doors or windows - perhaps with links with info for purchasing them in the virtual world) or 3D visualizations of homes, buildings to put on Google Earth. The Warehouse allows posters to “tag” their creations for others to find and provides URLs for further information.
This comes as no big shock really. Gary Smith, who’s actually noted in the announcement page, wrote in Directions why Google bought SketchUp: “From Google’s standpoint, the concern might be that someone else would buy @Last Software and they would lose this terrific solution to build 3D content for Google Earth. Now, that can’t happen.” Joe Francica and I saw much the same thing: “What Google, via SketchUp, will do in time is just what these other services mentioned above have done: they’ve captured the creativity, energy and, frankly, free labor of the planet to build content.”
Newton notes that Google doesn’t want to be a CAD company and think it’s telling the truth. It wan’t to manage the world’s information and with this pair of free offerings, its taken another step in that direction.
by Adena Schutzberg on 04/27 at 07:09 AM |