09 Mar 2010
Recently, we covered a story that Wired’s “Danger Room” broke about DARPA’s “Transparent Underground”, which creates real-time 3-D maps that display “the physical, chemical and dynamic properties of the earth down to 5 kilometer depth.” Cool stuff, no doubt. But, it seems that someone had someone has beaten DARPA to the punch on this one. Since 2005, Geospatial Corporation has been using a proprietary gadget called ‘Smart Probe’ to map deep earth via underground pipes. According to Wired’s “Danger Room,” the company’s probe can be inserted into pipes as small as 1 1/2 inches, and then travel their length while taking super-speedy coordinates — 800 per second — and saving them onto a USB key. The probe is removed, the data extracted, and a 3D map of the underground region is created. The probe can travel through pipes that are empty, or contain fluid or gas. And, it seems to be taking off. Check out this press release announcing Geospatial Corporation’s partnership with Tom Ridge’s firm, Ridge Global. Bigger takeaway: Geospatial Corporation was ahead of the curve…or perhaps they got luck with the timing? What do you think?
03 Mar 2010
We like to keep our fingers on the pulse of the most current and cutting-edge GEOINT applications. So, when we stumbled upon this story from Wired about using iPhones and cool apps to get real-time, situational data to the war fighter, we had to to take pause and shine a light on this.
03 Feb 2010
A series of textbooks dating from the 1950s taught a generation of students that science could also be art. But research progresses and artistic methods evolve, so Wired has brought these mid-century classics up to and have taken these text books and inserted a GEOINT flare. From lessons about earthquake visualization to the mapping of mars, Wired has taken these classic tomes and added 3D and enhanced visualization that, to us, screams of GEOINT. So, the big question is when are all students going to be getting their 3D/GEOINT-enhanced science lessons on iPads? It’s only a matter of time.
13 Oct 2009
They say that American is a sinner’s paradise. Although we are still steeped in our puritanical ways, we still like to do bad stuff and engage in the seven deadly sins. This was made ever apparent by a recent Wired magazine story about how a team at Kansas State University who developed a series of maps of sin created by plotting per-capita stats on things like theft (envy) and STDs (lust). So, as you can expect greed runs rampant in Southern California and the Northeast. Most violent crimes and STDs are in the south. Man, we live in a twisted country…how could you not love it. Read the full article here.
02 Sep 2009
In the GEOINT world, we often talk about how everyone has to be somewhere at some point in time on the globe. This philosophy actually makes the world seem smaller and points to the fact that it is very difficult to “disappear” on this planet. But, really how hard is it to disappear? The ever-smart, ever-enterprising folks at Wired Magazine came up with a staged man-hunt of their own where Contributing Writer Evan Ratliff disappeared and the magazine is challenging Wired’s readers to find him. The first person to find Ratliff will receive $5,000. So, this is a call to everyone in the GEOINT community to step it up and find Ratliff. It’s what we do for a living, so if anyone can find this guy, it will be us, right? By the way, the editorial staff at got geoint? takes a 20 percent finders fee for cluing the community into this contest!