Foursquare to Host Its First Hack Day

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Location based social network Foursquare announced this afternoon that it will host its first Hack Day on February 4th in New York City. That means developers will be traveling to a still undisclosed location to work together on interesting new ways to make use of Foursquare, its Place and Check-in data.I’m cheering for someone to build a Foursquare mashup with Google News and Wikipedia, so I can be told automatically when the places I go have been mentioned in the news or have history posted on Wikipedia. What would you like to see built? What would you like to build, yourself? Af all the competing location services online, Foursquare probably has the best combination of a useful API and lots of rich user and Place data.We wrote a year ago this month about Foursquare’s news data publishing partners as the dawn of an era of location as platform. A year later, publishing partners have grown more numerous and interesting – but it feels like the progress made has fallen short of my hopes and expectations. That’s probably more true of Twitter’s location platform than of Foursquare’s though. The location-aware future still looks bright going into 2011 though, and moving hackers to the front is a great way to help it get here faster. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Location#web last_img read more

Factual Friday

first_imgSource: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Mental Health Problems in the Military: Oversight Issues for CongressThis post is part of a series of Factual Friday posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.last_img

The Awesome Robots Behind the Camera

first_imgMark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC)Image via MRMCMRMC has made a name for themselves with the Milo motion control system. They actually have an entire series of motion control robotic arms that have been used on a ton of feature films.The Milo is so well known because of its portability and quick setup. The entire rig can be set up and ready to shoot in 35 minutes.Not only has the Milo been used on a series of award winning films, it made its runway debut at Paris Fashion Week.Check out the whole series of cranes and rigs MRMC has built in this awesome promo video. Ever used one of these devices on set? Want more articles on awesome film tech? Let us know in the comments below Over the past 5 years, Motion Control Operators have been creating incredible robotic arms that make precision and repetitive cinematography a possibility.Cover image via Robert CoutoIf you ever encounter a dolly and crane that can completely control itself, then you just found yourself a motion control camera setup. These devices are commonly used to sync live action shots with digital VFX, but as they have progressed technologically, they are becoming a cinematographer’s dream tool. Let’s take a look at the machines from Bot & Dolly and Mark Roberts Motion Control.Bot & DollyImage via Bot & DollyBot & Dolly specializes in creating motion control mechanical arms with custom software for filmmakers, architects, and digital fabricators. They have also created several machines for art and entertainment installations, like the ones used in the video Box.The team at Bot & Dolly once received a commission from Google as one of their earliest project. The created a robotic arm that could be controlled by Nexus devices. Needless to say, it impressed… considering Google then purchased the company afterwards.Meanwhile, the company teamed up with director Alfonso Cuarón to help him achieve the weightlessness of space in Gravity. With the intense amount of pre-visualization required for the film, Bot & Dolly had references to the entire movement of the film. The storyboards and animated sequences planned out the film’s entire choreography. With that information, they were able to plan all the camera movements before hand. They would be able to film Sandra Bullock like never before. The Bot & Dolly IRIS system was not only able to get into tight places, it could repeat the exact same movements repeatedly, allowing them to perfectly sync with the digital VFX.Director and Actor Keanu Reeves was also an early adopter of Bot & Dolly’s technology. He aimed to shoot the martial arts film Man of Tai Chi using actors instead of the CGI elements other films had used historically.It’s hard to give an update on Bot & Dolly, as the company has gone silent since being acquired by Google in 2013. Who knows what advances they have made since. Until we hear more, you can still enjoy the company’s show reel.last_img read more