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Plane-mounted cameras detect volcanic ash over Etna

December 8, 2011

Plane-mounted cameras detect volcanic ash over Etna

14:35 8 December 2011

The ash-detecting camera developed by a Norwegian technology start-up and funded by UK budget airline EasyJet lived up to its soot-spotting promise over Mount Etna this week.

The camera was fitted to a tiny plane that circled Sicily’s three-kilometre-high volcano as part of the airline’s attempts to perfect technology for detecting the warning signs of an impending ash cloud.

EasyJet’s test flight managed to successfully detect ash in the air just as the IR camera’s inventor, Fred Prata, had predicted – and with low false-positive rates too. The airline wants to introduce the camera into its fleet of 200 commercial planes.Read the full article here.


IR technology used to create giant touchscreen

November 30, 2011

MultiTaction turns walls into giant touch screens

by Jacqueline Seng November 30, 2011

MultiTouch, a Finland-based company known for its interactive display systems, has launched the MultiTaction Cell 55″. The display is supposedly the “world’s largest integrated multiuser LCD multitouch display,” which means (way) more than one person can use it at a time.

These full-HD displays can be wall-mounted or embedded in custom furniture. As they are stackable and have a super-thin bezel, you can mount as many as 24 displays together–edge to edge–to form one large touch screen. Read the full article here.

Infrared Cameras and the World Series

November 1, 2011

Infrared Cameras Debut in Baseball Telecast for World Series [Video]

By John Matson | October 20, 2011

With one out in the top of the ninth inning of last night’s World Series game 1, Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre​ stepped to the plate. Down by one run with an elite power hitter at bat, Texas looked for a moment to have a chance of getting back into the game.

That chance was squandered when Beltre swung at the first pitch from St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte, a 96-mile-per-hour fastball, pounding the ball down into the ground. As the ball bounced toward third base, Beltre hopped around the plate, as if the ball had hit his foot and was therefore foul. Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck thought it was foul, too. The umpire thought otherwise, and as Beltre stood waiting for a foul call that never came, Cardinals third baseman Daniel Descalso threw him out at first base. Motte then induced right fielder Nelson Cruz to fly out, sealing the victory for St. Louis.

Thanks to infrared cameras Fox debuted out for the game, television viewers—but not the umpires—soon learned that Beltre was no faker. The ball really did graze his left foot [see video of the play below], as evidenced by a fleeting thermal signature from friction between the ball and the toe of his cleats.Read the full article here.

IR technology to expose “cheaters”?

October 17, 2011

Will thermal images catch love cheats?

Chris Havergal

Extramarital affairs could be exposed by thermal imaging cameras being deployed across Cambridge, it is feared. Surveyors will tour the city searching for homes with poor insulation after details of the project were approved by housing chiefs, but concerns have been raised about the privacy implications of the technology. Read the full article here.

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October 4, 2011

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NHTSA awards $2.25M contract to develop in-car blood alcohol test

September 26, 2011

NHTSA awards $2.25M contract to develop in-car blood alcohol test

By Nat Shirley

Despite recent advances in automotive safety technologies, an average of 70 Americans per day are killed in drunk driving-related accidents. The NHTSA is looking to put a dent in that figure by awarding a contract worth $2.25 million to TK Holdings Inc. to develop a new in-car blood alcohol testing device.

TK, which is the Detroit-based subsidiary of Japanese auto supply company Takata, will employ infrared technology created by TruTouch Technologies, Inc. The device will use infrared light to measure alcohol in the bloodstream at the touch of a button and, if the driver has been excessively bibulous, can shut down the vehicle’s engine. Read the full article here.

PG&E trying to spot leaks

September 20, 2011

PG&E trying to spot leaks

By MELISSA MURPHY / MediaNews Group 09/16/2011
It’s a bird’s eye view flying over Southern Yolo County in a helicopter.One can see houses, roads, swimming pools and gardens. On Thursday, however, multiple trips over the area via helicopter had a different purpose.

Pacific Gas and Electric is in its second phase of testing the latest infrared technology to spot gas leaks in a timely manner, making their operations more focused on safety. Read the full article here.

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