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Friday, June 18, 2010

Mlive (Michigan) has a nice profile of a native, who now works for NOAA in Florida. Mandy Frick “is creating maps that show what areas of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico are closed to fishing in response to the spill, which some are calling the worst environmental disaster the U.S. has seen.”

- MLive

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/18 at 07:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Scientists at University College London tested newborn rats and found that they have a sense of space within a few weeks of being born. That leads them to believe that sense is inborn, not learned. And, that may be the case with humans, as well.

- The Scotsman

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/18 at 07:30 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Before a trip, drivers look up their destination on a computer and, if a micro map is available, send the map to their car’s navigation system.
Once in the car, the prototype technology uses this detailed information, networked camera information, and GPS coordinates to create lane-specific driving instructions that guide you to an open parking space at your destination.
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Outside of the vehicle, MicroNavigation transfers the map and directions to the driver’s smartphone, as well as reverse directions for the way back.

The systems is being tested in the 3-series in Germany. I guess this big limitation here is data for all the places one would park, though the first focus will be airports and malls I’d expect. This confirms that “on road” directions are a commodity and one new “edge” will be the last mile details, aka pedestrian directions.

- C|net CarTech Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/18 at 07:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

We are big Robin Young fans in my house, so I was not surprised to hear “nice GIS plug” regarding an interview with Scott Huler on the show yesterday. He wrote a book basically about infrastructure:  “On The Grid: A Plot of Land, an Average Neighborhood, and the Systems that Make Our World Work.”

He tells a story in the interview (about 10:30) about a drought. Water conservation was announced and watched via a GIS. One neighborhood was not participating. Hmm. Further exploration determined it was a Spanish-speaking neighborhood and once signs in Spanish were posted, that area was onboard.

- Here and Now

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/18 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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