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BeetleCam

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"The use of automatic equipment for observing wildlife has become very common and there are a number of advanced cameras used for this purpose. Biology field work is highly labor intensive; however, it is becoming more sophisticated.
Intelligent specialist software and sensors help biologists by enhancing the selection of images captured and stored as well as the response of remote systems to live imaging needs.
Tele-operated and automated equipment increases observation potential greatly while at the same time avoids the disturbance of human presence. This article discusses hardware and software developments in robotic cameras for wildlife observation." 

The Fragility of Glass

Courtesy: ScienceBlog

Courtesy: ScienceBlog

The social implications of digital glass are yet to be fully grasped but Mann attempts to theorise some of these through his experiences with wearables since the 1970s. Steve Mann along with more recent examples in Gordon Bell and Cathal Gurrin, have much to teach us about these implications through their trials. My concerns are with the 'fragility of glass', what this fragility will mean for this generation, and how it will impact relationships using power (authorised and unauthorised). There will inevitably be various points of view of first hand direct evidence- which point of view to believe will be the real question. And then you have the question of the expert manipulators, deletions, and falsification of evidence. We are possibly going to be raising a generation of 'actors' playing to a world theatre; individuals who won't really know who they are unless they are connected visually to the grid, watching or being watched. Glass has its advantages in context, but it will also shatter lives and dreams, as videos of moments best forgotten are in full view for everyone to see, and replay, again and again. Glass will give us near real time omnipresence but we can never ever have omniscience. We are also backing ourselves into a corner- if you decide to live without glass it does not mean you will not be privy to the consequences of those who choose to live their whole life through a camera. In fact, you are in their point of view, like it or not... We are in desperate need of research into the psychological effects of glass, of seeing the world through a lens.  How does this impact the individual spirit? What are the positives of learning by being? What are the externalities? Our point of eye might well become the centre of our universe, but the bigger challenges in this world still pervade. In one sense we gain perspective using the lens, but the trade off might be that we lose perspective adversely because we are preoccupied with the self and what 'we' have seen and done.

Courtesy: Gail Giles  Please note: I have not read this novel, nor does it relate to Digital Glass to my knowledge. However the cover of the novel is quite revealing in symbolism.

Courtesy: Gail Giles

Please note: I have not read this novel, nor does it relate to Digital Glass to my knowledge. However the cover of the novel is quite revealing in symbolism.

Canberra UAV

Research and development of open source civilian UAV technology. It's easy as 1, 2, 3!

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Courtesty: Canberra UAV

Courtesty: Canberra UAV

More about this award winning UAV here taken from a write up in the Sydney Morning Herald.

"An unmanned aerial drone was able to find a dummy of a missing bushwalker with no human intervention in what CSIRO believes is a world-first for a non-military drone.
The Outback Rescue Challenge, a competition for developers of “unmanned airbourne vehicles” (UAVs), was held at Kingaroy in Queensland from Monday to Wednesday.
CSIRO researchers say the performance this week by amateur group Canberra UAV means drones could be assisting rescue workers in as little as five years."

See: http://www.canberrauav.com/ for more.

Courtesty: Canberra UAV

Courtesty: Canberra UAV

Glass Prototype

Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears his much-rumored Google Glass during an hour-long interview on The Gavin Newsom Show. After demonstrating how the glasses work, he and his wife, Anne Wojcicki—co-founder of 23andMe—discuss gene mapping for preventative healthcare, and Sergey’s role with Google X, the search company’s special research division.

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Lifestyle Behavious & Health

Understanding the relationships between lifestyle behaviors and health outcomes can be enhanced by the use of wearable cameras, concludes a collection of studies in a special theme issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Three studies report on the latest preventive medicine research using Microsoft’s wearable camera, the SenseCam.
“Wearable cameras and their associated software analysis tools have developed to the point that they now appear well suited to measure sedentary behavior, active travel, and nutrition-related behaviors,” says author Aiden R. Doherty, PhD, from the Department of Public Health at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. “Individuals may recall events more accurately after reviewing images from their wearable cameras, and in addition aspects of their immediate cognitive functioning may also improve.”

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