Posts tagged with "drone"

Technology illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Cityzenith Futuristic Sky Mapping

Digital Twin pioneer Cityzenith predicts futuristic 3D sky mapping will launch low carbon city flight revolution

Science fiction fans can tick off one more prediction turned to reality as NASA aims to optimize local travel and commuting by air above cities.

A key enabler is Digital Twin technology, a ‘real-world SimCity’ software able to aggregate vast quantities of data on buildings, roads, infrastructure, vehicles, and even the space above into an interactive 3D virtual model of a city.

It is the potential to manage integrated drone and ‘new age’ air taxi routes in the air space that attracted a nationwide NASA search, leading Digital Twin pioneer Cityzenith to be 1 of just 10 tech companies presenting to senior NASA officials at the prestigious ‘Ignite the Night: Aeronautics’* NASA iTech virtual event on April 13, 2021.

NASA iTech identifies and searches for cutting-edge technologies being developed outside of NASA that solve problems on Earth, but also having the potential to address challenges facing exploration of the Moon and Mars. 

The high-profile panel of judges includes:

  • David VoracekCenter Chief Technologist, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

Julie Williams-ByrdDeputy Chief Technologist, NASA Langley Research Center NASA’s vision for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) aims to help develop air transportation to safely move people and cargo between places previously not served or underserved by aviation – local, regional, intra-regional, and urban – using revolutionary new aircraft only now becoming possible.

Michael Jansen, CEO of Chicago-based Cityzenith, said: “This will be the second presentation to NASA by my company and its SmartWorldOS software platform within weeks, and we are very honored and excited to be the only Digital Twin company at this prestigious gathering.

“It highlights yet another application for Digital Twin technology and growing interest in flight above our cities, a dream dating back to the ground-breaking 1927 movie ‘Metropolis’ and many sci-fi classics since then, but now set to happen as we move to delivery by flying drones and then human travel by zero-carbon air vehicles using electric propulsion.

“It will open a whole new dimension to city life; no longer will high-rise living and working mean people must literally come down to earth to go elsewhere.

“But there is a real pressure to act, too: The World Economic Forum has reported that ground level delivery vehicles in the world’s 100 largest cities will increase 36% by 2030, carbon emissions from all urban delivery traffic will rise 32% and congestion will be up by 21%, adding 11 minutes to an average daily commute.

“NASA introduced the air taxi concept in 2001 and the race is now on to create the first viable electric machines in a market tipped to grow 26.2% annually to $6.63 billion by 2030**.

“This new air mobility can also significantly reduce greenhouse gases in cities, a goal of our Clean Cities – Clean Future mission to drive down urban carbon emissions. Cities produce more than 70% of global carbon emissions (source: UN) and that’s why we pledged to donate SmartWorldOS to key cities around the world, one at a time, to help the most polluted become carbon neutral.

“We are also expanding to meet demand for our Digital Twin capability as the post-COVID-19 ‘Build Back better’ initiative grows; we have just passed a $2.5 million milestone en route to a $10 million Regulation A+ crowdfunding investment raise.”

Provided by:

World Digital Foundation

Allied Market Research

Mavic 2 Pro, drones, 360 MAGAZINE, Jeff Langlois

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

By Jeff Langlois

The outdoors have become much more visually interesting in recent years, extending the vantage point of hikers, city-goers, and overall creatives alike. One central point of concern for landscape photographers is the weight of their packs, and how much equipment they’re willing to bring, versus the reward. The fact that an option for high-resolution aerial images can be nestled in the top compartment of a backpack is a technological revolution alone. Lifting a Hasselblad camera high in the air just a few years ago would have cost a pretty penny. Now DJI is doing just that with the Mavic 2 Pro, but at a modest price of $1,800.

One of the drone’s most impressive capabilities is reflected in conditions in which creatives can fly it. As every outdoorsman knows, the more scenic areas come often with high winds e.g., coastlines, high peaks, and sprawling deserts. While it’s easy for the wind to blow and disrupt a 32-ounce Mavic 2 Pro, the gimbal stabilization system counterbalances those tilts and turns to keep the 4K image smooth and steady. DJI offers a smart controller with a viewing screen, but when it’s important to preserve weight, plugging a smartphone into the basic controller will operate the drone to its full capacity.

There’s an option to purchase the Care Refresh Package to insure any damages on the drone for the year, so these creators can feel more comfortable pushing the envelope to get dynamic shots. This $150 yearly policy was good to have when shooting Ethan Solu surfing in Morro Bay, or capturing the unforgiving and exotic sand dunes of the Mojave Desert. The Mavic 2 Pro is proving to surpass expectations in terms of image quality, transportation, and price. Creatives are eager to see what DJI has in store for the future.

MyWiT

Do you really want to give a brand-new phone to family and friends this holiday season?

With the holidays right around the corner, shoppers are getting ready to give the gift of technology. Top-of-mind, of course, are the shiny, brand-new devices that have hit the market this season.

However, it’s important to take a step back and really think about whether friends and family are actually…well…careful enough to deserve a new device – especially one that might cost well over $1,000.

A recent survey by protection plan provider Assurant found that of the 66% of mobile phone owners who have broken, damaged or lost a device, almost as many (65%) have done so at least twice!

Additionally, 73% of respondents reported dropping their phones at least once a week, with nearly one quarter (24%) reporting that it has fallen into the toilet. (One person even dug through a port-a-potty for it because it was too expensive to replace).

So, what’s the answer for giving great technology gifts to clumsy friends and family? Buy refurbished!

“Refurbished devices have come a long way,” says David Conti, director of eCommerce at MyWit, a leading consumer website selling refurbished devices. “They are now a high-quality, affordable alternative to a new device, as well as a great option for the eco-conscious.” According to Conti, the key benefits of buying refurbished include:

VALUE — ON AVERAGE, CONSUMERS SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS BUYING REFURBISHED VS NEW, WHICH CAN MEAN MORE GIFTS FOR MORE PEOPLE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

MOTHER NATURE — AT LEAST 100 MILLION MOBILE DEVICES END UP IN LANDFILLS EACH YEAR, SO THE GIFT OF A REFURBISHED DEVICE IS ALSO A GIFT TO THE PLANET.

QUALITY—IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, THE REFURBISHED AND RE-COMMERCE INDUSTRIES HAVE IMPROVED IMMENSELY. SITES LIKE MYWIT.COM PUT SMARTPHONES THROUGH AN INDUSTRY LEADING EVALUATION PROCESS INCLUDING 65+ POINTS OF INSPECTION TO GUARANTEE 100% FUNCTIONALITY.

While everyone loves Grandma, and wants to be the “favorite aunt” to their nieces and nephews, not everyone on every gift list really needs a brand-new device.

Bottom line: Gift-givers can stretch their budget this holiday season – without sacrificing quality – by buying refurbished at MyWiT.com.

About MyWiT

MyWiT is a global leader in mobile device repair, and understands that when it comes to purchasing pre-owned mobile devices, quality and reliability matter most. MyWiT has a state-of-the-art repair facility staffed by highly-trained, experienced technicians, and follows rigorous ISO quality control systems and processes to ensure their repair methods are consistently the best possible. MyWiT refurbishment and repair processes are OEM or carrier certified and their facilities are approved to perform up to Level 3 repairs for mobile phones, tablets, modems, and netbooks. MyWiT offers unparalleled support for mobile industry leaders, world-class service for mobile consumers and the ability to recognize, adopt, and leverage mobile trends.

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