Best of the Blogs 20 May 2014

By on 20 May, 2014

Quantum Compass

Geoawesomness has a fascinating post on a new navigational paradigm based on hyper-accurate, interference-proof, work-anywhere ‘quantum compasses’ which have the potential to drastically change  position and navigation.

 

Also from Geoawesomeness is the news that Russia is threatening to turn off all GPS service stations located on Russian soil, unless the US agrees to allow Russia to place Glonass stations in US.

 

IEEE Spectrum has a great little article – after Google’s recent self-driving cars demonstration – that asks the question: Will Google’s self-driving cars suffer from map anxiety? This is due to the fact that its current auto-driving technology requires exhaustively detailed mapping.

 

Directions magazine has the news that the OGC are seeking public participation in the development of its CityGML 3.0 standard.

 

LiDAR News has a video of students from the University of Manchester using a UAV with attached LiDAR to help automatically generate a flight path that avoids obstacles and ends at a tartet.

 

Literature fans may enjoy these interactive James Joyce walking maps, as collated by Google Maps Mania.

 

Also on Google Maps Mania is the Cultural Atlas of Australia, which aims to trace the ways in which Australian places and spaces have been represented in fictional texts such as literature and film.

 

And, to round off this week’s collection, IEEE Spectrum (again) have a wonderful video of the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – as recently flown by a UAV. Spectacular!

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