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...
Our new ikeOS 4.3.5 introduces automatic KML file creation - so now you get three data formats every time you capture a point with our ikeCapture software.
It's typically easy! As usual, aim your ikeGPS at the object you wish to capture the image & location of. Ensure the cross-hairs are correctly positioned and press "Capture". Instantly the image is captured, and the target location is computed. Then all the data is saved to:
- the EXIF header on the JPEG (with or without cross-hairs)
- the CSV table
- the KML file
ikeOS 4.3.5 also introduces a new format for the CSV table which makes direct importing data into ESRI ArcMap painless! The file headers have been updated to be completely compliant with ArcMap requirements, making the complete process of capturing, storing and uploading of remote positional data quite painless!
Lastly, ikeOS 4.3.5 has a more extensive self-diagnostic utility (called ikeDiagnostics) allowing the user can see complete performance measures across the ikeGPS instruments.
For more info: contact our super support guys!