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Thursday, May 19, 2005

 

Two of the three top projects in the 2005 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) involved geospatial topics. Ammen Abdulrasool of Chicago, 18, won a top prize for his Behavioral and Social Sciences project, “Prototype for Autonomy: Pathway for the Blind.” He developed a self-contained navigational system for the visually impaired that combines GPS technology, verbal directional signals, and vibratory signal devices worn as bracelets. Gebrielle Gianelli of Orlando, 17, focused on Space Science exploring the “Fractal Dimension Analysis of Putative Martian Coastlines.” She used a topographic map of Mars and statistical methods to analyze geologic features that could indicate an ancient ocean coastline. The third top winner, Stephen Schultz, Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany worked on chemistry. Interestingly, his region is a hotbed of GIS activity.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/19 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

 

The “London Taxi Rush Hour” game will be out soon. Players collect customers and ferry them to famous London destinations within a specific time limit in order to get paid. Like the real London, there are obstacles and traffic problems. The game features “a realistic map of central London.”

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/19 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

 

Battlefront.com has announced DropTeam “a multiplayer capable, real-time, tactical simulation of mechanized ground combat set in the far future.” The interesting part for our world: “Game engine reads data from professional GIS (Geographic Information Systems) packages such as ArcGIS and Terragen. This is the same industry standard data formats that are used by the Department of Defense for simulations and by engineers for land work, surveying, etc…” Is this a first?

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/19 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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