Wednesday, June 13, 2018

7.3-gigapixel panorama 'timelapse' of London

Digital Photography Review reports: [edited]

Photographer Henry Stuart has created a 24-hour panoramic timelapse image of London that combines 6,240 raw photographs to form a picture that contains over 7 billion pixels.

Captured through a Nikon D850 and AF-S Nikkor 300mm F2.8 lens using a robotic mount by Nikon-owned robotics company Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC), the 155° view presents the city in an incredible amount of detail, with Nikon claiming that you can read signs up to 5 miles away from where the image was captured.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Wilier Cento1 Hybrid Road eBike

Digital Trends reports: [edited]

Based on the company’s best-selling Cento1 platform, this electric version comes outfitted with a rear-mounted hub motor designed by ebikemotion that provides pedal assist when riders need it. The electric motor is powered by a 250-watt battery pack that is hidden in the bike’s down tube.

The electric components of the bike – motor, battery, and control systems – weigh 8.15 pounds. The Cento1 Hybrid reportedly tips the scales at just 26.2 pounds, putting it within striking distance of traditional road bikes. The main controller is embedded in the bike’s top tube, enabling riders to turn the system on and off, and adjust the level of pedal assist, as needed.

The electric motor can also be connected to a smartphone via the ebikemotion app (iOS/Android), which allows the rider to track metrics like speed, distance, and time. It also offers navigation features, weather alerts, and Strava integration. The app can even help with route planning, keep a log of a cyclist’s activities, and in that respect is comparable with the Apple Watch and Apple’s Health Kit API.

The Cento1 Hybrid uses Wilier’s carbon fibre frame and fork, and Shimano Ultegra hydraulic disc brakes and crankset. It also features a Selle Italia X1 seat, 28-millimeter Vittoria Zaffiro Pro tires, and a geometry that is more designed for comfort out on the road than all-out racing.

Availability for the Wilier Cento1 Hybrid has yet to be revealed, but the new ebike is priced at 4,500 euros.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ200

Digital Photography Review has published an in-depth review of Panasonic's latest compact travel zoom.

Snippets from the conclusion follow:

"There's a lot to like about the ZS200. It's 'jacket pocket' compact and feels like a premium product with good fit and finish."

"What matters the most about any camera is the quality of the images that it produces, and the ZS200 is a mixed bag. The combination of incredible zoom range, a complex optical formula and impressive compactness means the lens was a little softer than we'd like."

"The TZ200 is the camera I most often recommend to photographers looking for a small and highly capable option for travel or to have on hand for daily life photos."

"When I brought it along on a trip to a family theme park, I was impressed with how much it offered me from a capability perspective while it stayed out of my way from a user experience perspective. I was able to capture photos in a wide range of circumstances (from low light indoors to zooming in on the top of a roller coaster loop) without having to think too much about camera settings."

"The only thing I really missed was an articulated LCD screen, but that was a pretty minor thing to give up in favour of the incredible versatility and reach of the 24-360mm equivalent lens."

Price: £680.00

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

M.C. Escher Prints & Drawings Online

Kottke reports: [edited]

The Boston Public Library has digitised their collection of M.C. Escher prints. The level of zoom you can get to with these images is amazing. Browse the whole collection here.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

London - Northampton - London 12-05-18

Dixie Drug Store - Grant Lee Buffalo
Like a Virgin - Madonna
Contact In Red Square - Blondie
Ready Or Not - Fugees
Every Day Hurts - Sad Cafe
Take on me - a-ha
You Are The One - a-ha
Dr. Jones - Aqua
Mr. Wendal - Arrested Development
technologic - Daft Punk
Special Brew - Bad Manners
Take On Me - Reel Big Fish
The Boys of Summer - DJ Sammy
Got To Have Your Love - Mantronix (feat. Wondress)
I Want Candy - Bow Wow Wow
Emma - Hot Chocolate
Spirit Of Radio - Rush
Freak Scene - Dinosaur Jr.
Relax, Take It Easy (single) - Mika
Tiny Dancer - Tim McGraw
Everytime We Touch [Club Mix] - Cascada
Killer Queen [2011 Remaster] - Queen
I Am The Mob - Catatonia
Carry on Wayward Son - Kansas
Borderline - Madonna
Falling - HAIM
I Can Dream About You - Dan Hartman
Manic Monday - The Bangles
Burn Baby Burn - Ash
Keep Your Hands To Yourself - The Georgia Satellites
Sick Muse - Metric
Ambling Alp - Yeasayer
Sweet Talkin' Woman - Electric Light Orchestra
Only You Can - Fox
Hey you Rocksteady Crew - Rock Steady Crew
You Are My Sunshine/Open Up Your Heart - Frente!
Stand - R.E.M.
Rock Lobster - The B-52's
Call it Love - Poco
I Turn To You - Melanie C
Gertcha - Chas 'N' Dave
Reelin' & Rockin' - Chuck Berry
I Need You - N-Dubz
Robot - The Futureheads
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
Killing Me Softly - Fugees

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Honda Clarity Hybrid

Wired reports: [edited]

To combine the benefits of electric propulsion with the reassurance of internal combustion, Honda brought in two electric motors and a 1.5-litre petrol engine. Like a small company of actors putting on an epic play, each fills a variety of roles. Those vary based on whichever of the dozens of possible mode combinations the driver engages via buttons, paddles, and pedals.

The Clarity Hybrid can go 47 miles on battery power (340 miles total), gets the equivalent of 110 miles per gallon, and delivers a respectable 212 horsepower, in a large, comfortable package that starts at $33,400.

The logic behind Honda’s newest addition to its dedicated line of electrified vehicles is simple: function as an electric as much as possible, and use the engine to maximise efficiency by charging the batteries or directly powering the wheels – whatever makes the most sense at the moment.

Say you start in the default Normal mode, with the battery charged (just 2.5 hours to fully top off from a 240 volt home hookup). The Clarity will disengage the engine and operate on battery power alone, letting the electric motor drive the wheels. If you baby the throttle, you can keep it that way, even hitting the 100 mph top speed in electric mode. If you floor it, the petrol engine will kick in to help drive the wheels and produce maximum acceleration.

As the 17 kWh battery drains, the Clarity will automatically modulate use of the petrol engine based on the driving conditions. The petrol engine will supply electricity to the propulsion motor directly, via the second electric motor that functions as a generator, and may also drive the wheels directly at medium and highway speeds.

Where most hybrids link their engines to the wheels with a continuously variable transmission, the Clarity uses a single speed transmission with a direct connection to the wheels. This mitigates the efficiency losses that come any time the engine acts as a generator. When the engine drives the wheels directly, the loss is zero, and that power can either be supplemented by the motor’s propulsion or replace it entirely, if the driver wants to conserve battery use.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Pipistrel Alpha Electro

Clean Technica reports: [edited]

With its short takeoff distance and an impressively powerful 1000+ fpm climb rate, the Alpha Electro can fly for over an hour plus reserve. The electric airplane is optimised for training schools and traffic-pattern operations. It uses aviation’s equivalent of regenerative braking, which gives it a 13% of energy recuperation on descent.

Originally, Pipistrel was working on its electric aircraft prototype the WATTsUP, developed in partnership with Siemens AG. Siemens provided the main electric propulsion components for the Alpha Electro, while Pipistrel refined the aircraft's components to be lighter, more efficient, and more reliable.

Using a 17 kWh battery pack designed to be dual-redundant and quickly swappable, it can be charged in less than one hour.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Fog Harp

CNN reports: [edited]

In some of the most arid regions of the world, from the Sahara to the Andes, special nets have long been used to catch moisture from the air, turning fog into drinking water.

These fog harvesters are put up against wind streams to catch microscopic droplets which gather and merge on a fine mesh until they have enough weight to travel down into a water tank. They provide essential access to water to many communities, and the technology behind them has evolved over the years to offer a higher yield, resistance to the elements and a reduced need for maintenance.

Now, researchers at Virginia Tech University have developed a new design that they say has three times the efficiency of regular fog nets. They call it a 'harp', because its vertical pattern of wires makes it resemble the string instrument.

The problem with the classical design, according to Boreyko, is that the fog droplets end up getting stuck in the holes of the net, because the horizontal wires obstruct their path on the way down into the reservoir. The net then becomes heavily clogged with water, which makes it impermeable to the wind. As a result, the foggy wind simply flows around the net, instead of through it, which reduces the amount of fog that can be collected.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

16,000+ Sound Effects Available Free From BBC

NME reports: [edited]

Over 16,000 sound effects have been made available for free from the BBC library. The archive includes effects that have been used on the corporation’s radio output since the 1920s.

Now, the general public can download them for free for the first time. The libary includes the likes of a South American parrot talking and screeching, an 11 month old baby boy playing with toys, and a 16-foot speedboat with a 40hp outboard pulling up to stop.

Files can be used for “personal, educational, or research purposes” as per the RemArc licence. The archive is tagged and searchable.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

iPod playlist, 21/04/18 - 22/04/18

Well It's True That We Love One Another - The White Stripes
Dreamtime - Daryl Hall
You're Unbelievable - EMF
Wicked Game - Loni Rose
I Get Around - The Beach Boys
I'll Be Around - Joan Osborne
Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
Paper Planes - M.I.A. (XL)
Papa Was A Rolling Stone (single) - The Temptations
Rocks - Primal Scream
I Love You Always Forever - Donna Lewis
Strong Enough - Cher
I Want To Be Your Boyfriend - Rubinoos
Waiting for a train - Flash & The Pan
Valerie - Steve Winwood
Hotel Yorba - The White Stripes
Telephone Man - Meri Wilson
All The Roadrunning - Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
Flying High - Jem
Free (single edit) - Deniece Williams
Nothing To Be Afraid Of - Lazyboy
Beauty - David Mead
Certain Surprise - John Martyn
Nikita - Elton John
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out - Katie Melua
Security Joan - Donald Fagen
Stop - Lizz Wright
Spanish Nights - Chuck Loeb
After All This Time - Darden Smith
Misguided Angel - Cowboy Junkies
The Game of Love - Daft Punk
Up In Fire - Andreya Triana
Munich (live, editors cover) - Corinne Bailey Rae
Dying all young - Chuck Prophet
Rise - Gabrielle
Under My Wing - John Martyn
The Runaway - Gallagher & Lyle
Right Now - Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
Holding Out For Love - Daryl Hall
Elodie - David Mead
Post - Cowboy Junkies
Heart Of Mine - Maria Muldaur
Oneplusone - David Mead
Safi - Idrissa Soumaoro
The Great Pagoda Of Funn - Donald Fagen
Love For Sale - Ella Fitzgerald & Cole Porter
Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu) - Dean Martin
For Crying Out Loud - Lloyd Cole
Call Me When You Get This - Corinne Bailey Rae
Chocolate Girl - Deacon Blue
Easy - Lionel Richie
Tropical - Chuck Loeb
Tell Me You'll Wait For Me - Cassandra Wilson
Astronaut - David Mead
Anyway The Wind Blows - J.J. Cale
Dreaming Wide Awake - Lizz Wright
Sensitive Kind - Eric Clapton Feat. Don White
Miss DJ - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Flake - Jack Johnson
Hey Sweet Man - Madeleine Peyroux
I'll Have to Say I Love You In A Song - Jim Croce
Don't it make my brown eyes blue - Crystal Gayle
The Last Train - Josh Rouse
What I Do - Donald Fagen
Man On A Mission - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Neighbor-Hoods - Josh Rouse
Bucket Of Girls - David Mead
Walkin' After Midnight - Cowboy Junkies
Just Like Heaven - Katie Melua
Thankyou, Stars - Katie Melua
Talkin' In Your Sleep - Crystal Gayle
Chutes And Ladders (Bonus Track) - David Mead
Morph The Cat - Donald Fagen
Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie
Bringing It Back - J.J. Cale
Serenade - Emiliana Torrini
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea - Diana Krall
Someday We'll Know - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Making It Up Again - David Mead
Secret Symphony - Katie Melua
Some Things Don't Come Easy - England Dan & John Ford Coley
Dream Dancing - Ella Fitzgerald & Cole Porter
Night Life - The Little Willies
The Trouble With Henry - David Mead
Snowbound - Donald Fagen
Fools Rush In - Daryl Hall
What I Want To Do - David Mead
Make You Stay - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Always A Use - Madeleine Peyroux
Enchantment - Corinne Bailey Rae
Body And Soul - Diana Krall
Never Let Me Go - Daryl Hall
Anniversary Song - Cowboy Junkies
99 Miles From L.A. - Art Garfunkel
What Can I Do (Tin Tin Out Remix) - The Corrs
La Javanaise - Madeleine Peyroux
I'd Really Love To See You Again - England Dan & John Ford Coley
The Road Is A Lover - Alison Krauss & Union Station
Was I? - Madeleine Peyroux
In Between - Josh Rouse
Sensitive Kind - J.J. Cale
The Frozen Man - James Taylor
Heartbreak Time - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Adrift - Jack Johnson
I Found Out - The Pigeon Detectives
Cruel Summer - Bananarama
Hush - AM Radio
My coo ca choo - Alvin Stardust
Shuffle - Bombay Bicycle Club
Hey Jealousy - Gin Blossoms
Top Of The Pops - The Rezillos
Video Games - Lana Del Rey
Ready for the Weekend - Calvin Harris
Over and Over and Over - Jack White
Punka - Kenickie
Give It (Radio Edit) - X-press 2 featuring Kurt Wagner
Ukulele Anthem - Amanda Palmer
when you look at me - Christina Milian
Jilted John [LP Version] - Jilted John
Johnny reggae - The Piglets
It Feels So Good (Dance Mix) - Sonique
Get Dancin' - Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes
Telepathy - Lene Lovich
House Of The Rising Sun (Live At Abbey Road) - John Otway
88 Lines About 44 Women - Nails
Too Young (Zoot Woman remix) - Phoenix
Jeans on - David Dundas

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Casino Hacked Via Fish Tank Thermostat

The Hacker News reports: [edited]

Nicole Eagan, the CEO of cybersecurity company Darktrace, told attendees at an event in London how cybercriminals hacked a casino through a internet-connected thermostat in an aquarium in the lobby.

The hackers exploited a vulnerability in the thermostat to get a foothold in the network. Once there, they managed to access the high-roller database of gamblers and then pulled it back across the network, via the thermostat, and up to the cloud."

Thanks to Brook for the link
Image: Delbert Pagayona

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Type Like The Songwriters Wrote

Songwriters Fonts reports: [edited]

The Songwriters fonts have been created to give musicians inspiration.

Being in the mood of Bowie, Cobain, Cohen, Gainsbourg, Lennon, might be purely imaginative... but that's precisely the point.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Flying Whale Airship

Bloomberg reports: [edited]

France has entered the global race to develop a viable cargo airship with a 500-foot model design that will lift lumber from deep woodland.

Flying Whale is joining a contest that includes defence giant Lockheed Martin Corp. and a clutch of smaller players. What’s different about the latest project is the combined benefit of being able to lift an industry-leading 60 tons, without any requirement for mooring pylons.

The Flying Whale will be twice as long as a Boeing Co. 747 jumbo jet and have a rigid structure with individual pockets of helium. It will be powered by small diesel or electric engines.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

What Happens To Fat Cells When You Lose Weight?

The Independent reports: [edited]

It’s commonly believed that when you lose weight, the fat that you burn is converted into energy. The truth is that fat is converted into carbon dioxide and water.

Meerman and Brown surveyed 150 doctors, dieticians and personal trainers to find out what they believe happens to fat when an individual loses weight. Only three of those surveyed answered correctly.

“You exhale the carbon dioxide and the water mixes into your circulation until it’s lost as urine and sweat,” stated Meerman and Brown. “If you lose 10kg of fat, precisely 8.4kg comes out through your lungs and the remaining 1.6kg turns into water.”

With the exception of dietary fibre, everything that you consume is absorbed into your bloodstream and organs, which is why it’s important to increase the amount of carbon dioxide your body produces with physical activity.

“It’s not going anywhere until you’ve vaporised it,” Meerman and Brown explained.