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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Per a press release Xybernaut (remember them? They used to wander around the ESRI User Conference with wearable computers) will be auctioning off its patents to try to raise enough cash to get out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The patents in question are referred to as the Waypoint patents and are about targeted adverising, not wearable computers.

The “Waypoint” patent group sets forth technology and business processes to provide wireless direct mail by sending information to targeted mobile users at specific locations.

The press release seems to suggest that Google or a similar advertising business might want them.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/27 at 09:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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 | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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:
Planned Features
  Support for
** OGC OpenLS
** OGC Catalogue Service
** OGC WFS ** SOAP & XML interfaces for all web services ** MapViewer: AJAX Interface    
Workspace Manager
** 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:

by Joe Francica on 04/27 at 09:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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 | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“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 | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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