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UAS VISION | a global news service for the unmanned aircraft systems community Menci Software Mini helicopter drone for UK troops in Afghanistan 3 February 2013Last updated at 10:19 ET The Ministry of Defence plans to purchase 160 of the mini drones British soldiers in Afghanistan have become the first to use miniature surveillance helicopters in frontline operations. The drones can fly around corners and obstacles to identify potential hidden dangers, the Ministry of Defence said. The Norwegian-designed Black Hornet Nano features a tiny camera and relays video and still images to a handheld control terminal. It measures about 10cm by 2.5cm (4in by 1in) and weighs 16g (0.6oz). The MoD, which also operates more than 300 larger-sized unmanned air vehicles in Afghanistan, said the Black Hornet is carried easily on patrol and works in harsh environments and windy conditions. They have been in use in Afghanistan since 2012, a spokeswoman confirmed. Mini drones can be piloted directly or programmed to follow co-ordinates using GPS. They can help soldiers on the ground pinpoint hidden Taliban fighters and explosives.

3Dflow - Computer Vision Specialists Naval Drones Home Page Internet Archaeol. 25. Review of ImageMaster. Anthony Masinton Dept. Archaeology, University of York. Email: Cite this as: A. Masinton 2008 'Review of ImageMaster Close-Range Photogrammetry Software by Topcon', Internet Archaeology 25. UK availability and pricing from TerraDat GeomaticsMinimum system requirements: 32 bit Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP; Pentium 4 2.0 GHz; 512Mb RAM; minimum 5 Megapixel digital camera. Introduction | ImageMaster | Caveats | Workflow | Summary and Conclusions 1. With the release of Photosynth, Microsoft has taken the quest for the 'holy grail' of close-range photogrammetry one step closer to its goal while also placing that goal in the hands of non-specialists. The quest continues. Some steps have already been taken to bridge the gap between professional-grade photogrammetry and non-specialists. The negative side of all of these tools is that they are web-based. Relatively inexpensive (about £800) local machine solutions have been available for many years. 2. 3. 4.

Smart3DCapture Defense-unmanned ImageMaster | Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc. Previously PI-3000 ImageMaster software is available in four editions, IS, Lite, Standard, Pro. This powerful combination of functionality allows you to accomplish everything from Imaging Station wireless control of measurements to 3D module generation using stereo photo pairs. Four Editions of ImageMaster Software: IS - Controls the IS via WLAN connection and makes 3D TINS and photo textured surfaces of IS collected data only. LITE - Intended for GPT-7000i packages with Field Orientation software. STD - Includes all IS edition features plus additional editing of IS scanned data with full Survey Tools such as volume and cross section calculations. PRO - Includes all above features plus Topcon's advanced photogrammetry solution previously distributed as PI-3000 Photo Modeler software. Features of Topcon ImageMaster IS Edition: This edition compliments the Topcon Imaging Station (IS). The IS edition can collect points and point cloud points from the IS and prepare TINs with photo texturing.

Manipulator | Aquaticus The open/close manipulator is useful tool to retrieve small objects or attach a line to objects located underwater. The jaws of are driven by the electric screwdriver. Using electric screwdriver has many advantages: Easy available Cheap, cost about 5€. Powerful – 2.4Nm Planetary gearbox Because screwdriver is extremely cheap you can consider not to isolate housing! Battery part of the screwdriver have to be removed. Top view Bottom view Description Please note, size of the elements is not critical. Elements that are permanently connected: 18+1 (epoxy glue) 9+10 (epoxy glue) 5+19 (epoxy glue) If you are able to use steel as material of the jaws you do not need to use parts 18 and 19. Corrosion of steel is ignored in this design. Jaws In the last step permanently attach sleeves.

September 2012 I came back few weeks ago from the archaeological excavation of Çatalhöyük, Turkey where this year I tried new experiments in the use of 3D technology to document and visualize ongoing archaeological excavations. Last year I did tests on site using Image Based Modeling techniques to document the investigation of the building 89, in that occasion the team of the university of California Merced directed by Maurizio Forte, were running similar experiments using instead a phase shift laser scanner, they got interesting results and the use of both these techniques in the same excavation context gave us a very good feedback on how different technologies that produce similar results (resolute 3D model) obey to different work-flow of data capturing and post processing. After this tests we gain a good knowledge on how making these tools compatible with ongoing excavations and how to manage the data in a reasonable time frame. 3D model of the Building 77 realized using Photoscan AgiSoft

Do It YourSelf – ROV project Is Origami the Future of Tech? In 1996 a young mathematician and computer scientist named Erik Demaine became fascinated by a magic trick that Harry Houdini used to do before he made his name as an escape artist. The magician would fold a piece of paper flat a few times, make one straight cut with a pair of scissors, and then unfold the paper to reveal a five-pointed star. Other magicians built on Houdini’s fold-and-cut method over the years, creating more intricate shapes: a single letter, for example, or a chain of stars. It’s an odd subject of study for a computer science professor, but Demaine had an unorthodox background. Photographs by Leonard Greco for Bloomberg BusinessweekCurved-crease origami at Erik and Martin Demaine's shared studio at MIT When Demaine was six, he and his father started a puzzle company. It was his father who brought the fold-and-cut problem to his attention when, still a teenager, Demaine was searching for a dissertation topic. At least in theory.