A South African doctor and his team successfully pioneered a transplant of a patient’s middle ear using 3D technology to cure his deafness, making it the first in the world. This groundbreaking procedure offers hope to many of those who suffer from loss of hearing.
3D Technology Used to Transplant Middle Ear
From an article in The Epoch Times.
The first patient to receive the transplant was a 35-year-old man who suffered hearing loss as a result of a car accident that damaged his inner ear, according to a press release by the South African Government. The operation was performed by Professor Mashudu Tshifularo and his team from the University of Pretoria (UP) Faculty of Health at the Steve Biko Academic hospital in Pretoria on March 13. Using 3D technology, he was able to recreate the bones—the hammer, anvil, stirrup, and the ossicles that make up the inner ear, thus replacing the damaged ones.
This is a guest blog post from Alex Van de Weghe who believes for vehicles to be fully autonomous an “organized chaos” algorithm is needed.
Organized Chaos Algorithm Needed for Fully Autonomous Vehicles
Whenever I see some video about autonomous driving cars it’s always in perfect traffic conditions. Not too many other cars, clear traffic signs on the sidewalk and on the pavement. And I’m sure that a current autonomous driving car will stop for any obstacle that come before it and even do an evasive maneuver if the circumstances a right.
When I see a video of how Lidar has improved over the last years, I am impressed. The depth precision, the color reading of the environment and all this in real time makes it possible for a number of vendor programs to really analyze what’s happening around the vehicle. So, we can say that “seeing” around the car isn’t the biggest problem anymore.
Posted in 3D Modeling, AI, artificial intelligence, Autonomous vehicles, computer vision, driverless vehicles, Laser Scanning, Lidar, Mapping, Research, Sensors, Software
Tagged organized chaos
The Electric Power Research Institute, as the name implies is focused on the electric industry. A recent article in the EPRI Journal investigates how drones and artificial intelligence could transform the power system.
Drones and Artificial Intelligence Could Transform Power Industry
From an article by Chris Warren.
Once a subject for science fiction writers, artificial intelligence (AI) has gone mainstream. Today it can be hard to get through a TV commercial break without seeing an ad about how AI is going to transform logistics, healthcare, or even the work of baseball statisticians. Name an industry or a pursuit, and there’s a good chance that someone believes AI is set to revolutionize it.
Posted in 3D Modeling, AI, artifical perception, artificial intelligence, Business Development, computer vision, Data, Digital Transformation, Infrastructure, Inspection, machine learning, Mapping, remote sensing, Research, Sensors, Software, UAS, UAVs
Tagged big data, data analytics, drones, electric power, EPRI, utilities
The FAA is working to standardize drone flights over people, which is great news for commercial operators.
Drone Flights Over People
From a Skyward blog by Matt Fanelli. 4/25/19
In my last article, I gave a quick summary of the notice of proposed rulemaking. The window for comment closed last week; Skyward collaborated with both AUVSI and the Small UAV Coalition on their responses. In our view, the proposed rule is well-intended but we do have some concerns, especially regarding the kinetic thresholds.
Posted in airborne LiDAR, BVLOS, Certifications, Consumer, Government, Lidar, military, Orgs, remote sensing, Research, The Industry, UAS, UAVs
Tagged AUVSI, drones, FAA, Skyward, Small UAV Coalition
Zipline Drone Being Caught
I just watched a short interview on Squawk Box with the CEO of Zipline, Keller Rinaudo who is using drones to deliver medicine in Africa and soon North Carolina. Truly impressive mission and operation. They are making an important difference in the world using drones.
Zipline was created in 2014 to deliver medicine to those who need it most. Since then, they have built the world’s fastest and most reliable delivery drone, the world’s largest autonomous logistics network, and a truly amazing team.
Posted in AI, Autonomous vehicles, Business Development, driverless vehicles, Government, medical, UAS, UAVs
Tagged CNBC, Disruptor 50, drone delivery, medical supplies, medicine, Squawk Box, Zipline
The Notre Dame acoustics are as important to historians as the physical construction. Luckily some forward thinking French acousticians made recordings of the cathedral at the same time that Andrew Tallon was recording the structure.
Notre Dame Acoustics Recorded by Brian FG Katz in 2013
From an article in Ars Technica.
When the iconic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris caught fire last month, people found some hope in the news that scientist Andrew Tallon had used laser scanning to create precisely detailed maps of the interior and exterior of the cathedral—an invaluable aid as Paris rebuilds this landmark structure.
Posted in 3D Modeling, art, cultural heritage, Data, Historic Preservation, Indoor Mapping, Laser Scanning, Mapping, Sensors, Technology
Tagged acoustics, Brian FG Katz, National Center for Scientific Research, Sorbonne University, Wallace Clement Sabine
With what would seem to be a record for a lidar camera Chinese researchers claim they have an invented a camera that can record images at a distance of 45 km.
Chinese Researchers Develop Long Distance Lidar Camera
From an article in Fossbytes.
Chinese researchers have developed a new Lidar (Light detection and ranging) based camera that can snap photographs of subjects from 45 kilometers away. This is not the first instance of attempts at long-distance photography, but environmental disturbances like pollution hinder capturing subjects beyond a distance.
Zheng-Ping Li and his colleagues from the University of Science and Technology of China have successfully captured subjects from 45 kilometers (28 miles) away in an environment covered with a dense smog.
Posted in 3D Modeling, atmospheric, Business Development, Hardware, Lidar, Mapping, point clouds, Research, Sensors, Software, Technology
Tagged computational imaging, single photon, University of Science and Technology of China, Zheng-Ping Li