Desert RATS is a NASA team of engineers, geologists, astronauts, and technicians who go into the deserts of Arizona each summer to simulate missions to the Moon, Mars, and Near Earth Objects, which are small asteroids that are near Earth. This is the team that test drives the new Lunar Electric Rover and very futuristic space habitats.
This summer the women and men of Desert RATS are focusing on a mission to a Near Earth Object (NEO), so they are testing space suits, scientific procedures, and a space habitat that would orbit this NEO.
Their twitter handle is @DESERT_RATS and they are definitely a team to follow!
(Image Credit: NASA)
Exploring the El Mayor-Cucapah Fault Rupture Using LiDAR Viewer (by spelunkerucd)
3D recording of a geology PhD student interacting with a high-resolution 3D topography model showing the surface rupture of the April 2010 El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake in Baja California. The application is LiDAR Viewer on a low-cost 3D TV immersive virtual reality environment, and the session was recorded with two Kinect 3D cameras.
This is seriously awesome.
TLD (aka Predator) is an [open source] algorithm for tracking of unknown objects in unconstrained video streams. The object of interest is defined by a bounding box in a single frame. TLD simultaneously tracks the object, learns its appearance and detects it whenever it appears in the video. The result is a real-time tracking that typically improves over time.
3D map of Hoover Dam based on incredible mapping tech from Swedish startup C3 Technologies. Based on declassified missile targeting technology from Swedish aerospace giant Saab, C3 maps can be rotated around because each individual pixel has depth information attached to it. 3D data is calculated directly from high-resolution aerial photography, based on the positions and angles of the cameras to give each pixel its geographical position with very high accuracy. C3 maps also sport interior panoramas of points of interest based on HDR imagery, with room navigation, 3D menus and banners, overview maps and other interactive features. There’s also street-level imagery captured using an advanced multiple camera system with overlapping viewing angles to capture the entire surroundings in stereo. (via From Sweden: Next-gen, NSA-like 3D Maps That’ll Knock Your Socks Off - Bright Side Of News*)