Nokia announced that Youku, China’s leading digital entertainment platform, has chosen the Nokia OZO VR ecosystem of technologies to bring the most immersive VR content to the more than 500 million monthly active users engaged in its premier online video platform which has daily views of more than 1.1 billion. By utilizing Nokia’s industry-leading, comprehensive OZO VR solution, Youku users and content creators will be able to experience and share the highest quality VR content including natively captured spatial audio. Importantly, Youku will integrate Nokia’s OZO Player SDK and OZO Audio solutions, which are designed to deliver a superior consumer experience, into all its platforms, mobile apps and consumer offerings, enabling its enormous audience to enjoy 3D 360 degree VR.
Hatch is proud to announce it has been chosen to develop a long-term port master plan for the Port Authority of New York New Jersey (PANYNJ), the most comprehensive plan in the port’s recent history. The strategy will span all PANYNJ port facilities, deploying Hatch’s considerable ports and urban solutions expertise to guide development of the infrastructure hub’s 3,000-plus acres of cargo-related property over the next 30-plus years.
Alphabet Inc.’s Google is in talks to sell its satellite business to competitor Planet Labs Inc., a satellite-imagery startup that is seeking a new round of funding to help pay for the possible acquisition, according to people familiar with the talks. The sale of its satellite-imagery unit, Terra Bella, would be a rapid about-face for Google, which has recently shed some of its bolder ventures. Google bought the company for $500 million in 2014, when it was known as Skybox Imaging. Read More
Members of Halifax’s fire department are spending the week learning how to operate drones they say will help keep firefighters out of danger. “I truly believe drones are going to save lives. At the very least they’re going to stop the endangerment of people when we don’t have to,” said Chuck Bezanson, the department’s flight coordinator. “We’ll know exactly where to direct our crews.” Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency will be among the first department in Atlantic Canada to add drones to their arsenal of emergency equipment. The municipality approved the $60,000 pilot project in July. Read Morre
Over the past 12 months, market-leading location content provider Nearmap (ASX: NEA) has continued to add new customers and annual contract value at a rapid pace. On the back of strong results in both the U.S. and Australia, the company recently completed a capital raise of about $15 million (AU$20 million) to fuel sales and marketing for Nearmap’s U.S. division while also accelerating the current deployment of location content using HyperCamera2 for 3D data. Read More
Lubbock Power & Light (LP&L) will oversee an aerial survey of their electrical transmission line system beginning January 10, 2017. The aerial survey work will be conducted by Towill, Inc. in conjunction with LP&L’s consultants Black & Veatch. Weather permitting, the survey work to be conducted is expected to conclude by early next week. The purpose of the survey is to gain accurate and efficient modeling of approximately 82.5 miles of existing transmission lines for use in LP&L’s current transmission system upgrade project. Towill, Inc. will use a flight planning approach that incorporates a low-level pass over the transmission line facilities to ensure sufficient point density to support extraction of the required transmission features. Read More
Qlik, a leader in visual analytics, today announced it has acquired Idevio, a provider of geographical-related software and services and a Sweden-based Qlik partner. This acquisition not only extends Qlik’s current mapping capabilities, but also moves its offerings beyond visualization with support for a broad range of advanced geoanalytic use cases. Using patented technology that compresses and streams mapping data, both Qlik Sense® and QlikView customers now have the ability to expose hidden geographic relationships, offering greater insight, better decisions, and higher ROI. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Read More
Now at the push of a button, graphic designers can easily create photorealistic 3D rendered composites with Project Felix. Project Felix is a public beta desktop app that helps users composite 3D assets like models, materials and lights with background images, resulting in an editable render they can continue to design in Photoshop CC. For example, users can turn a basic 3D model of a generic bottle into a realistic product shot that is fully lit and placed in a scene to create an ad, concept mock-up or even abstract art. V-Ray acts as a virtual camera, letting users test angles, perspectives and placement of their model in the scene before generating a final high-res render. Using the preview window, Felix users get immediate visual feedback on how each edit affects the final rendered image.
From spring 2017, you can explore the stories of the structures all around you from our free to visit centre in central Stirling. Our interactive exhibits, 3D theatre, augmented reality experiences and hands-on activities will bring Scotland’s built heritage to life before you. Spend a day getting to grips with our interactive exhibits, or sign up for a masterclass or workshop to help develop your skills. Scotland’s building conservation centre is in Stirling, right at the heart of the country. Visitors can reach us easily by road or rail, and our imposing landmark of a building is clearly visible from both bus and train station. Edinburgh Airport is only 40 minutes away. Read More
With 20 years of experience at growth-oriented technology startups as well as category leading software providers such as salesforce.com and SAP, Mathew has held a wide range of senior leadership positions, from driving company strategy to leading product management, development, sales and marketing teams. “The founding team at Kespry has done a remarkable job,” said John Vrionis, general partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners and a member of the Kespry board of directors. “We now have the opportunity to accelerate our growth tremendously, and George has a proven track record and a true knack for building high-growth, sustainable businesses at a global scale. For the past several years, he has lived at the intersection of analytics, big data and cloud computing, all of which are critical to where the industrial drone market is going as the use of drones and the data they provide spreads globally.” Read More
NLign Analytics, a division of Etegent Technologies, today announced that it has received the prestigious Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The award honors individuals responsible for outstanding technical accomplishments that further the vision of the Department of Defense Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program. The Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel (JDMTP) presented the award to NLign Analytics and its partner Northrup Grumman at the 2016 Defense Manufacturing Conference in Denver, Co. in recognition for their efforts to reduce Material Review Board (MRB) labor hours on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The two companies are working on an Air Force-sponsored project titled, “The Digital Thread for Material Review Board.” Read more
Balfour Beatty VINCI today announces the appointment of Mark Cutler as Managing Director for its HS2 Joint Venture. Balfour Beatty VINCI, a long established joint venture between two global infrastructure leaders recognised for its portfolio of large scale projects, is currently shortlisted for four of the seven HS2 main civils works packages valued at over £4 billion in total.
A team composed of INL researchers, data scientists and technology specialists designed and developed the capability to fully immerse a scientist into a highly interactive virtual environment capable of generating complex scientific models and simulated scenarios. The team’s goals included delivering a visually immersive and robust virtual experience enabling scientists to interact with their environmental surroundings while experiencing and simulating events. The immersive experience improves access and mobility through the use of consumer technology, keeping costs at a minimum.