VirtuSphere – Immersive Virtual Reality environment

One avenue of research in geospatial technologies and geovisualization is immersive Virtual Reality. One of the biggest issues is how to simulate moving through a real landscape. The VirtuSphere rotates as the user walks in any direction while wearing the head mounted display that delivers the virtual environment. I’m sure it’s not the only apparatus out there, but the fact that it’s portable and doesn’t require the extensive structure of a CAVE or other projection-based system is kinda cool

If you’d like to see some pictures and demo video, check out the VirtuSphere website

Via Technovelgy.com

RSS Aggregator vs visiting site

I have gone back and forth between using an aggregator (currently SharpReader) and just going to the web sites of my various sites. The great thing about an aggregator is that you don’t have to worry about wandering from page to page, folks can send you RSS links or OPMLs for you to import and check out, and you can group your different areas of interest into groups. The problem I have is that I don’t connect as well with the information that I am looking at. I am just as likely to delete a post in the aggregator that I would read every word of on the web page. I am not sure if this is a case of experience or what.

To bring it back to something we talked about on the podcast, I see the aggregator as a space, whether it is SharpReader or MyYahoo, which I have little connection to and therefore seem to have little connection to the content that I view there. The individual websites then are analogous to cyber-places where I have had interactions with the site design, the content creators, and, heaven forbid, the advertisers. I think this has a little to do with the story that each site or cyber-place sets up from post to post. An odd comparison, but one that I am sure a geographer of cyberspace has mentioned. In the end I will keep using my aggregator, but I will pop into a site every now and then just to look around even though I have probably read all of the posts on the site…

GPS: The Movie

On the lighter side today, there is finally vindication for anyone jealous over physical geography getting all the good movie plots (The Day After Tomorrow anyone?)…

It’s GPS! The Movie!.

Plot (no pun intended) summary: A group of adventure seeking college kids embark on a GPS treasure hunt in the Northwest wilderness. They are led to believe they will find two million dollars in cash. When they arrive at the treasure location they find what appears to be a grave.

(via Engadget.com)

David Rumsey on the Future of Mapping – via ITConversations

While we were at the Podcasting Symposium last week, we heard a presentation from the guy from ITConversations, which is an online catalog for audio presentations. They mainly cover IT related conferences and speakers, but some of them are relevant to geospatial technologies, and they are adding new links every day. You can check out the ITConversations website
here

David Rumsey’s talk on “The Past and Future of Mapping” listed on ITConversations is available here

PixelSense 742

We here at VerySpatial have received our first honest to goodness press release! What is more, its for an actually useful product. Pixel742 generates distributable GeoTIFFs from Landsat bands 7, 4, & 2 to create a Natural color output. There is a demo but I haven’t plyed with it yet.

PixelSense 742

ViewRanger : 3D landscapes on your mobile phone

Once again, something cool for people in the UK. ViewRanger 1.0 is a mapping application for mobile phones that gives you a 3D landscape display as an interface for accessing local information, using downloadable Ordnance Survey maps. Right now, it only works with certain phones, but if I lived in Britain, I would definitely be checking this out.

Even if you don’t live there, take a look at the ViewRanger website here

via Press Release at SpatialNews.com

ESRI – Hurricane Disaster Viewer

ESRI is serving an ArcWeb Services powered Hurricane Disaster viewer on its website. It offers a number of data layers from before the hurricanes, such as population density and imagery, and several layers related to post-hurricane conditions. There’s even a layer showing the US Postal Services closed service areas. Nothing earth-shattering, but pulls together GIS layers to go with imagery.

You can check out the Hurricane Disaster Viewer
here

Let us know if you have issues with podcast feed

OK, after almost hitting our 7GB/month transfer limit in August we upped our plan to a 21GB/month transfer plan which is the high end plan for our provider. As of the end of September we had 3GB left! We are probably going over 21Gb in October. We are ecstatic with the response to both the podcast and blog!

The point? We have moved the storage of the podcast to libsyn (liberated syndication) which is designed for podcasters and allows for unlimited traffic. The same day we started using libsyn for episode 11, however, libsyn conducted a server move. So if you have had any problems accessing episode 11 please let me know. Also, my test download seemed to go as fast this week as it has in the past, but if you notice the download taking significantly longer email me and let me know. Generally, any problem, including any coming out of my updates to the blog sidebars, should be pointed out so I can try to get it fixed.