Bill Gates-backed startup will give you real-time video of nearly anywhere on Earth

April 27, 2018 by  
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Start-up EarthNow is aiming to bring us real-time video taken from space  of any point on our planet. Backed by such high-profile supporters as Bill Gates and Airbus, EarthNow promises to boldly go where no one has gone before through a proposed “constellation” of satellites that will offer clients their pick of locations and angles from which to capture real-time video of Earth. EarthNow promises the delivery of video with only a one-second delay, without the need to wait for any satellite to be in range due to a comprehensive network that covers the entire planet at any given time. According to EarthNow, the system will one day let us “instantly create “living” 3D models of a town or city, even in remote locations,” observe conflict zones and react in real time, and catch forest fires the minute they start. In its very early stage at the moment, EarthNow intends to initially focus on “high-value enterprise and government customers,” offering services such as weather monitoring, tracking illegal fishing or poaching, or surveillance of conflict zones. Although there is no defined timeline for creating a prototype and testing the system, EarthNow is nonetheless making moves to bring its vision into reality. Thanks to its collaboration with  OneWeb founder Greg Wyler, EarthNow will be able to build its system using a significantly improved version of OneWeb’s satellite network. “Each satellite is equipped with an unprecedented amount of onboard processing power, including more CPU cores than all other commercial satellites combined,” said EarthNow in a press release . Related: Airbus wants to harpoon a satellite and bring it back to Earth Though EarthNow is targeting larger clients to start, its objective is ultimately to share the Earth with all of its inhabitants.  “EarthNow is ambitious and unprecedented, but our objective is simple; we want to connect you visually with Earth in real-time,” said EarthNow CEO and founder Russell Hannigan in a statement . “We believe the ability to see and understand the Earth live and unfiltered will help all of us better appreciate and ultimately care for our one and only home.” Via Tech Crunch Images via Earth Now

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Super-Smart Lightweight Valour Bike Warns Cyclists When Cars Enter Their Blind Spots

May 7, 2014 by  
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The ultra-light carbon fiber Vanhawks Valour bike uses sensors to warn you when cars enter your blind spots. It sends vibrations to your handlebars when it picks up a car driving closely from the back and has a Bluetooth connection that measures speed, distance and calories burnt. All of this data can be accessed on the Vanhawks app for Android, iPhone and the Pebble watch. The student team behind Valour has launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to further develop the concept. Read the rest of Super-Smart Lightweight Valour Bike Warns Cyclists When Cars Enter Their Blind Spots Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle design , bike apps , bike blind spots , canadian design , carbon fiber bike , green technology , Kickstarter bikes , real-time data , smart bike design , Ultra-light bicycles , Valour bike , Vanhawks app , Vanhawks Valour bike

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