At Long Last Zebras are Scannable

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Real World#web curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A user defines an area of the animal to scan, does so and the software’s algorithms assign a unique “stripecode” for the animal. Future scans of the same area will determine whether it is the same animal and conclusions can be drawn about whether the animal has migrated, gotten pregnant, gotten healthier and more. The system was created by UIC’s Computational Population Biology Laboratory and Princeton’s Equid Research and Conservation Laboratory.Additional elements include:Based as it is on distrinctive striping, it could be used on other animals such as giraffes and tigers, who’s coat is alternating colors. CO-1 and StripeCode algorithmWritten in C++ for speedDatabase is stored in plain-text, Excel-compatible CSV formatCan use Dropbox or similar service to synchronize database between many usersRuns on Windows, Mac and LinuxThe researchers plan to present their paper on StripeSpotter at thee International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval in Trento, Italy this month.Zebra photo by Chris Willis | additional sources: PopSci, MSNBC Related Posts First there were bar codes, then there were QR codes, now there are zebras. StripeSpotter, a program co-developed by researchers at the University of Illinois, Chicago and Princeton University scans the distinctive stripes on a zebra.The open-source system, which focuses on field photographs of zebras, can be used to associate field notes on a given animal, with the distinctive pattern, to track them through their life cycle. last_img read more

For marketers, virtual reality offers real potential and opportunities

first_imgTags:#AR#featured#marketing#Samsung#top#virtual reality#VR How AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience Related Posts Is Virtual Reality a disruptive technology or all hype? This is the question that launched a thousand think pieces, yet even the most jaded VR cynic must admit that something feels different about this iteration of the VR boom. Perhaps it’s the pervasiveness of the technology in popular media — it played a key plot point in the past season of HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” it was featured in Samsung’s Super Bowl commercial, and it was marketed as a way to enjoy Coachella from the comfort (and cleanliness!) of your own home. Or perhaps it’s the rosy financial outlook offered by respected research firms – Goldman Sachs predicts AR/VR will be an $80 billion industry by 2025 and IDC forecasts 100 million AR/VR headsets will be sold in 2021, a 10 times increase over last year’s sales. Maybe it’s that anyone can access and create VR easily with recent advances, like 360-degree cameras and authoring/publishing platforms. See also: 5 effective and smart ways to do VR marketing todayOne indisputable fact is that growth in the industry is dependent on content. And not just any content, but content that leverages the inherent benefits of 360-degree immersion, and demands to be seen and heard. If there’s one thing that will stop VR growth in its tracks, its lack of quality experiences to download, stream, or purchase. Enter the marketersThe same marketers currently creating 30-second TV ads will play a major role in shaping VR. Though the term “branded experience” gets thrown around often in marketing and advertising conference rooms, rarely does it find a better fit than VR — Lionsgate’s VR trailer for their new iteration of Blair Witch, for example, captured the attention of its audience. The heightened emotional response of horror movies dovetails nicely with the excitement of immersion in an unfamiliar world.For a marketer new to VR, there is some expected trepidation. What kind of new equipment will I need to buy? Will I need to learn how to code or outsource to expensive engineers for the end deliverable? How will I pitch this new technology to clients? The reality is that creating VR is not difficult. With the prevalence of 360-degree cameras on the market, and web-based software like the InstaVR platform, any marketer with an internet connection can generate VR content today. Everything can be done in-house, no outsourcing or coding required. As for client acquisition, VR’s applicability traverses many different types of businesses. Almost all existing clients will have experienced VR at some point, so the pitch really comes down to how and when to leverage the technology.Left of Creative, a digital agency that has been doing multimedia productions for over 20 years, created an immersive 360-degree video tour for the U.S. Navy supercarrier U.S.S. Carl Vinson to showcase a VR app during this year’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition — the largest maritime exposition in the United States. Visitors to the exposition got an inside look at the ship in action via Samsung Gear VR headsets. The capture and authoring for the VR application was done primarily using a Gear 360 camera, a laptop, and an authoring platform, proving just how easy it is for marketers to adapt to VR. New marketing revenue streamsJust as social media has created a new revenue stream for many marketing agencies, so too has virtual reality. Smaller VR-specific agencies are forming, while larger marketing firms are dedicating whole groups to the emerging technology. And with VR not quite reaching mainstream status yet, there’s a novelty and excitement around virtual reality that is palpable in clients. In a world of 600 TV channels and seemingly millions of YouTube stars, creating a shareable, unique, exceptional VR experience has a lot of value in cutting through the noise.As with traditional web media, there are ad networks dedicated solely to generating traffic to VR experiences and monetizing them. For metrics-driven marketers, you can tie your VR media to Google Analytics to measure engagement, and heat map overlays can show you what areas of your VR experience are most popular. You can even turn a VR application into a direct response vehicle – with APIs able to pull up a phone number to call at the conclusion of a mobile VR app. VR is also a global phenomenon, allowing marketers to reach a geographically wide audience. If anything, North America lags behind portions of the developed world in terms of VR adoption. While not a totally greenfield opportunity, anyone getting into VR now still has a large addressable market that is still materializing. The Google daydream headset, for example, is slated to be compatible with over 10 million phones shipped this year.As VR continues to disrupt hiring and training and education, marketing professionals should strongly consider investing in becoming VR-ready. If they’re not actively pitching the technology to their clients, their clients will soon be coming to them asking about it. And if the numbers from Goldman Sachs and IDC are to believed, AR/VR headsets will become fairly ubiquitous in the next decade. The question will then become — which marketers are creating the best VR content and helping their clients stand out? AR And VR: Which is More Important to Emerging …center_img Andrew Woodberry Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an… How a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your…last_img read more

Gajapati’s royal scion joins BJD

first_imgKalyani Devi, scion of the erstwhile royal family of Paralakhemundi in Gajapati district of Odisha, joined the ruling Biju Janata Dal on Tuesday. She was inducted into the party at the residence of Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar.Her joining the BJD will strengthen the party in Gajapati district and Berhampur parliamentary constituency, said sources. The BJD might consider fielding her as its candidate from Paralakhemundi Assembly seat or Berhampur parliamentary constituency, the sources said.Ms. Devi’s family had been politically active from before Independence. She is the daughter of former Congress MP from Berhampur, Gopinath Gajapati, who was a member of the ninth and 10th Lok Sabha. He later joined the BJD in 2009.Her grandfather Krushna Chandra Gajapati (1892-1974)played a key role in the formation of Odisha State on linguistic basis and is revered throughout the State. He was the first prime minister of Odisha before Independence and a member of the Constituent Assembly of India. The present day Gajapati district, carved out of Ganjam district, is named after him.“The family of Ms. Devi is well-known for its tradition of social service and her induction will surely strengthen the party organisation,” said BJD’s Gajapati district president Pradeep Nayak. Ms. Devi expressed her gratitude towards Mr. Patnaik for her induction into the BJD and the support extended towards the treatment of her ailing father.last_img read more

Two Jaish militants gunned down in Shopian: police

first_imgTwo Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants involved in the killing of a number of civilians and police personnel were on Saturday gunned down by security forces in an encounter in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.The slain militants have been identified as Abid Wagay, a resident of Rawalpora Shopian, and Shahjahan Mir, hailing of Amshepora Shopian, a police spokesman said.Based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Gahand area of Shopian district of south Kashmir, a cordon-and-search operation was launched by security forces there on April 13 morning, the spokesman said.He said, during the searches, the militants fired upon the security personnel who retaliated. Two militants were killed in the ensuing encounter.The bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter and incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, were seized.According to police records, both of the militants were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM, he said.They were wanted for their complicity in a series of terror crimes, including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities, he said.They were involved in the abduction and subsequent killings of civilians Firdous Ahmad of Batgund and Nissar Ahmad of Kapran, and policeman Balwant Singh of Batgund last year, the spokesman said.“They were also involved in the killing of Khusboo Jan at Viel Shopian earlier this year. Moreover, both were also involved in the killing of a civilian Tanveer Ahmad of Bemnipora at Kachdoora in Shopian,” he said.“They were also involved in arson and setting ablaze panchayat ghars at Kanjiullar and Ramnagar,” he added.The spokesman said Mir was also involved in snatching of weapons and killing of four police personnel at Arhama Shopian last year.“He [Mir] was also involved in attack on police station Shopian in which one cop Saqib Mohi-ud-Din had attained martyrdom and his rifle was snatched.“He was involved in the abduction and killing of a young boy Huzaif Ashraf Kuttay resident of Manzgam D.H. Pora,” he said.Several cases were registered against both of them for planning and executing terror attacks on security establishments and killing of civilians in the area, the spokesman said.“With the efforts of police and other security forces, it was a clean operation and no collateral damage happened during the encounter,” the spokesman said.last_img read more

Frontline Posts USD 265 Mn Loss for Full Year

first_imgzoom John Fredriksen’s Frontline ended the year in the red having reported a net loss of USD 248.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2017 and a net loss of USD 264.9 million for the full year.The poor financial results were attributed to, among other things, an impairment loss of USD 164.2 million on nine VLCCs leased from Ship Finance, as well as three vessels for which the leases with Ship Finance were terminated in 2017, and a USD 112.8 million impairment loss on goodwill in relation to Frontline 2012.The full-year loss is being recorded on the back of a profit of USD 117 million for the year ended December 31, 2016.“The spot rates in the fourth quarter were weak, as inventory draws impacted a freight market that was already suffering from high fleet growth. At the same time, the key drivers for the tanker market, crude oil demand and the world economy remain strong, and we may also be nearing the end of the cycle of inventory draws. The headwind factors experienced in 2017 could turn in our favour possibly towards the end of the year. The quarter shows Frontline’s resilience in weak markets, which is the direct result of low break-even levels and access to competitively priced capital,“ Robert Hvide Macleod, Chief Executive Officer of Frontline Management AS, said.“With asset values, rates and Frontline’s cash break-even rates at historically low levels our downside risk is limited. We are in a unique position to capitalize on increases in both asset values and rates and we have a strong liquidity position in excess of USD 300 million as at the end of December 2017,” Inger M. Klemp, Chief Financial Officer of Frontline Management AS, added.Since the beginning of the year, the company took delivery of the VLCC newbuildings Front Empire and Front Princess and the LR2/Aframax newbuilding Front Polaris.In February 2018, the oil tanker shipping company extended the terms of its senior unsecured loan facility of up to USD 275 million with an affiliate of Hemen Holding by 12 months. Following the extension, the loan is repayable in November 2019.Frontline’s total liquidity as at the end of December 2017 was approximately USD 307 million.In addition, earlier this month Frontline agreed with Ship Finance to terminate the long-term charter for the 1998-built VLCC Front Circassia.last_img read more