I'm Jeremy Gold - I’ve been managing the engineering department here at ikeGPS for nearly 10 years now, and I’ve been very careful whenever I’m recruiting to bring on board people who are not only technically outstanding, but who also have an inherent love of technology and cool gadgets in general.
A slightly unexpected, but very welcome side effect of this is that we have a room full of people who like making cool technology so much that several of us stay in after work for “Mad Inventing” a few nights a week, which generally involves a fair bit of gossip about the latest crazy Quadrocopter stunts, Android phone hacks, or 3D printing exploits that we’ve seen on the web, followed by a bunch of work on our latest inventions.
You may have already seen the blog post / video about our Digital foosball table – We’re still working on that, and planning to take it down to an event in Wellington on April the 27th called “Makertorium”: http://makertorium.co.nz/.
Also in the pipeline for Makertorium is my Tesseract Zoetrope, which consists of a series of 4 dimensional Hypercubes that have been mathematically projected down into 3 dimensions, and then 3D printed (many thanks to the awesome guys up at Co-lab for their support with the printing!) The cubes have then been placed on an over sized record player with some electronics that fire a strobe whenever the next hypercube passes by to give a stop motion effect.
Here's a rendition of the idea that I've created using Python scripts within a 3D modeling tool called Blender:
Animated Tesseract Demo from Jeremy Gold on Vimeo.
And here’s a quick video showing progress so far:
Animated Tesseract - Prototype 1 from Jeremy Gold on Vimeo.
This project’s been heaps of fun – I’ve learned a whole lot about python scripting in blender, coding for constructive solid geometry in openSCAD, 3D printing work flow using slic3r, netfabb, and pronterface, and of course cutting big circles in MDF using a router (thanks Chris)!
Stay tuned for further updates...
Like a fisherman who knows precisely where to locate a school of fish, having the right mobile GIS measuring equipment can also directly affect a company's bottom line. This is true for a variety of industries that rely upon GIS data such as utilities and telecom, oil and gas, military applications, local governments and disaster management, among others, where mobile GIS helps save money by making data collection improvements in three fundamental areas: efficiency, accuracy, and maintainability.
First, a mobile GIS device can equip field personnel to quickly and efficiently obtain 3D data from remote site locations and transfer it to a network accessible database. Here the old business adage "time is money" applies directly. By making it less difficult to obtain, preprocess and communicate GIS measurement data, many industries will improve their bottom lines, particularly those that depend on collecting large quantities of GIS data from a diversity of remote sites that may often be growing or migrating. This is often the case with military applications as well as with microwave telecom tower deployments and oil and gas exploration.
Secondly, having accurate measuring equipment enables field personnel to do their field work only once. Nowhere is this more important than in hazardous settings such as environmental clean-up or tactical military operations. Rather than having to worry about returning to a site to verify measurements, having a quality mobile GIS device assures your people of getting it right the first time. This assurance means that your back office processing of GIS statistics will be as good as the gold veins you may be sizing up out in the field.
Thirdly, many industries, especially the oil and gas industry, are well aware of the fact that data maintenance is an important but costly aspect of doing business. If data is lost, then dollars are lost. On the military battlefield, lives can also be lost. Mobile GIS data collected and networked with reliable centralized servers will ensure that your data will be there for as long as you need it for a wide range of industry related problem solving activities.
View an example of how mobile GIS using ikeGPS is reducing costs for utilities pole audit surveys.
ikeGPS will be on display at the 412th Engineers 2008 Joint Warfighter Seminar in Vicksburg, MS.
The seminar, which runs from the 6th through the 8th of June, focuses on joint engineering efforts to support U.S. military engineering missions around the globe.
ikeGPS will be there supporting its Army Corps of Engineers customer, as well as demonstrating how it's unique integration provides for safe, fast, and verifiable data application in support of military engineering missions worldwide.
More information about the event can be found at www.412thEngineers.com/Warfighter.htm