Sentera Announces Real-Time NDVI Video Streaming

This is an interesting development.  Prior to this technology, NDVI required post-flight processing to be effective. According to Sentera, they can now accomplish this live and in-camera.

Sentera today announced the upcoming release of LiveNDVI™ video: live streamed NDVI video via the Sentera Double 4K sensor. This breakthrough technology will offer agronomists worldwide the fastest way to make decisions and specify inputs based on complete, real-time data. Sentera’s Double 4K “little green sensor” processes normalised difference vegetation index (NDVI) data in-flight, on the sensor, and live streams NDVI video directly to the user’s mobile device on the ground, the moment it’s captured.

“This is a great new tool for agronomists and other advisors,” said Eric Taipale, CEO of Sentera. “Users have been limited in what they could immediately take away from sensor data while they’re still at the field’s edge. With the Double 4K’s LiveNDVI capability, these users get definitive NDVI data on the entire field immediately, and with complete confidence. It could not be faster, and it costs less than traditional methods of data collection.”

Capabilities like LiveNDVI continue to reduce the time and expense associated with lower-value data collection tasks. By collecting higher quality data faster and less expensively than ever before, agronomists can focus on high-value advisory and prescriptive tasks, bring more acres under management, and provide better advice, to more growers, at a lower cost.

TSA Agents Confiscate Huge Teddy Bear, Give Him Detailed Backstory About How He’s Homeless and Hungry Now in Order to Remind Us That Everything Is Bad

The bear confiscated by TSA at Los Angeles International Airport for being too big (Instagram)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents in Los Angeles just confiscated a gigantic teddy bear and posted a photo of the poor guy on Instagram. And if that wasn’t enough, they gave him a depressing backstory. The TSA’s social media accounts really are a fantastic way to keep up to date on how the agency is ruining Christmas this holiday season.

According to the TSA, this enormous teddy bear is going to be wandering the streets of Los Angeles after being “abandoned” by his owners. And if that wasn’t enough, they hint that the bear is now hungry. As someone who has lived in LA for a few years, I can say that the TSA really came up with the most depressing possible story for this “wayward bear.”

From the TSA Instagram feed:

Why does this gigantic teddy bear look so sad? He was abandoned by his owners at LAX after the airline and TSA determined that he was just too big to be screened as a carry-on and taken on the plane. It’s a good idea to check with your airline prior to traveling with overly large items as cary-ons. [sic] If you see this wayward bear strolling the streets of LA, please feel free to feed him. #TSATravelTips

Granted, the teddy bear does look too big for the overhead bin. But c’mon. The TSA had the opportunity to at least give us a happy ending. They could’ve said that the bear was going to a farm upstate where it would live out its life chasing bees and eating honey or whatever the hell bears really do (my only real knowledge of bears comes from Winnie the Pooh).

But no, the TSA has decided that the bear, which was probably loved dearly by whoever had to give him up at the hands of the grope-tastic agency, is going to live out the rest of his life in bear poverty.

Stay tuned to the TSA’s social media accounts for more depressing stories to wrap up 2016. Maybe the TSA will confiscate a box of chocolate and give it a name and an overly detailed backstory before telling us all about how the box of chocolate now lives on the streets as a junkie and its box of chocolate mom just weeps every night worrying about her poor box of chocolate baby.

Merry Christmas to you too, TSA.

from Gizmodo

Pix4Dmapper gets down to the dirt

Pix4Dmapper gets down to the dirt

This is quite big for folks wanting to get back down to ground level in their 3D models.

It is hard to remove trees, park benches in general stuff sat in the survey area. I am keen to go find a row of trees or small woods and try and get them out of a model.

Pix4D is proud to announce our implementation of some of the most successful academic research for DTM extraction into Pix4Dmapper. Using DSMs generated from high-resolution images, Pix4Dmapper algorithms can now detect bare earth, as well as compute and remove above-ground objects precisely without pulling the terrain height up for interpolation. This new approach gives the accurate terrain model elevation, instead of just visually removing objects.

This fully-automated algorithm works perfectly on surface models, whether it contains small and scattered houses or large, dense trees. To experience the amazing new DTM extraction, download Pix4Dmapper trial now.

from sUAS News