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Nov 01 2011

Personal remote sensing goes live: Mapping with Ardupilot

Folks all over are waking up to the fact that remote sensing is now something you really should try at home!  Today DIYDrones published a fine example of homebrew 3D mapping using an RC plane, a regular camera, and a computer vision software: hypr3d (one I’ve never heard of).  Hello Jonathan!

 

PS: I’d be glad to pay for a 3D print of our best Ecosynth- hypr3D can do it, so can landprint.com

Jul 09 2011

Leafsnap: An Electronic Field Guide

Yet another dimension of computer vision...

Leafsnap:

“ is the first in a series of electronic field guides being developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. This free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves. Leafsnap contains beautiful high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruit, petiole, seeds, and bark. Leafsnap currently includes the trees of New York City and Washington, D.C., and will soon grow to include the trees of the entire continental United States. This website shows the tree species included in Leafsnap, the collections of its users, and the team of research volunteers working to produce it."

May 02 2011

Redwood Forests- Natural Cathedrals in 3D

Redwood forests- with Earth’s tallest trees, one of the most impressive natural ecosystems on Earth.   For Arbor Day, Save the Redwoods League worked with Google Earth Outreach to model old-growth redwoods on Google Earth.  Great work- check out the kml in Google Earth!  A great example of what citizen science can do to raise awareness.

Makes me think of our Earthwatch Project in Huang Cun China this summer- can we create visualizations of the ancient village landscapes of China?  These are every bit as impressive and nearly as ancient as Redwood forests.   Can citizen science raise global awareness of these?