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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashes after ‘anomaly’ during test »

HT_virgin_galactic_spaceship_two_kabc_sk_141031_16x9_992A Virgin Galactic spacecraft intended to carry tourists crashed in the Mojave desert due to an “in-flight anomaly” during a test flight Friday, the company said. One person was reportedly killed in the incident, which was the second this week involving a craft intended for spaceflight.

“During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo,” Virgin Galactic tweeted.

The company said in a statement that “a serious anomaly” occurred and that it is working with authorities to figure out what happened.

One person was killed, while another was seriously injured, according to the Associated Press.

The craft crashed east of Mojave, Calif., Mojave Air and Space Port chief executive Stu Witt told Bakersfield TV station KGET. WhiteKnightTwo, which carries the space ship to 50,000 feet before it is release, was able to land safely.



Sports Technology: Communication is Everything »

Are you coaching a little-league baseball team, and the batter, due to the 1000’s of fans roaring in the stands, can’t hear your instruction to “bunt” because your player is encased in protective head-gear?

We have just the technology for you (that is, if your team is well funded and can afford gear designed for, and sold to, NBA teams). They call it the QTR-1000 PlayerMic”, manufactured by Quantum5x Systems ( ). It is also harolded as both the worlds tiniest transmitter, and simultaneously, the worlds “first and only rubber transmitter”. In case you’re wondering, the flexibility is there in order to absorb body-checks from 300 pound tackles (if used in football), or the impact of a hockey-puck traveling at 106 miles per hour (as clocked on December 3rd, 2006, at a Toronto MapleLeaf game). It is basically a very small wireless microphone bodypack (.35 inches thick, 1.4 inches wide, and 3.8 inches long, weighing only 1 ounce), waterproof (for sweat-resistance, and other unexpected activities). It’s Lithium batteries will last up to 12 hours, with a power output ranging from 50-250mW. The QTR-1000 has no external connectors!

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Technology From Norway Listens to the People »

Did you know that gas prices in Norway are $10/gallon, and a beer costs $14/pint? But, they have an incredible health-care system (free), and going to a major university costs as little as $60/year. No wonder they are so educated over there, and leaders in cutting-edge technology. (BTW: Norwegian politics give a whole new definition to our perception of “far left”, they would consider Senator Specter a hard-right conservative!).

They brought their booth and sales reps. all the way from Norway to Las Vegas, where they were demonstrating their latest interactive software solutions at the National Association of Broadcasting (NAB) annual conference. Their product, called “ Interactivity Suite”, is an interactivity enabling software solution. They describe it as “the world’s first platform for universal interactivity in broadcast media”. This suite allows consumers to influence a broadcast in real time, and conversely, allows media owners and advertiser to track consumers through various mediums, and allows them to tailor and optimize consumer content based on consumer response. Read the rest »

5K EPIC camera from RED »

This 5K camera has a full frame S35mm Mysterium X sensor matching 35mm film resolution. The RED 5K EPIC tops out at 100 FPS, features HD-SDI, 2-XLR inputs, HDMI, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0. Like the Scarlet you can also control it using WiFi.

Owners of the RED ONE will be happy to know that RED will allow you to trade in your camera for for a full $17,500 credit towards the EPIC when it ships in 2009, Pricing is said to be about $30,000.

Red announces Scarlet mini 3K camcorder »

Red announced its smallest camera yet 3K Scarlet. This teeny camera has a 3K resolution and is based on a 2/3″  Mysterium X sensor, capable of 1 to 120 frames per second and records to dual CompactFlash cards supporting up to 100MB per second of REDCODE RAW HD video.

It features a 4.8″ LCD, 8x RED zoom lens, HDMI, HD-SDI, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connections. The camera is also compatible with many of the RED ONE accesories. You can even control the camera via a WiFi Connection.

Price should be under $3,000 and be available early 2009.

Panasonic releases pricing on the AG-HMC150 »

This camera is the newest in the family of AVCCAM line cameras and is capable of 1280 x 720 and 1440 x 1080 recording using the MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 codecs. You will also find native 16:9 1/3″ 3CCD imagers, and has a digital signal processor with a 14-bit A /D conversion and 19-bit processing.

Like many other Panasonic cameras the AG-HMC150 is equiped with a 13x Leica Dicomar zoom lense with optiacal image stabilization.

The camera has 4 quality modes – PH (average 21 Mbps/Max 24 Mbps), HA (approx.17 Mbp), HG (approx. 13 Mbps) and HE (approx. 6 Mbps). Read the rest »

Sony brings OLED viewfinder to Pro HD Cameras »

Sony is unveiling its first color professional camera viewfinder using Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) Technology.

The HDVF-EL100 is an 11 inch display and is Sony’s first non-consumer application of an OLED panel. Consumer OLED displays were introduced in January, and continue to generate strong demand.

“High-definition acquisition requires extremely precise focusing, allowing the operator to accurately see contrast and color levels when framing a shot,” said Rob Willox, director of Sony Electronics’ content creation group. “This new viewfinder is a perfect example of our unique ability to leverage the innovation and expertise from one part of our company and apply it in another area to meet customers’ needs. Read the rest »

JVC GY-HD200 gets 1080/50i and 60i output »

JVC announced a new feature for the GY-HD200 by adding 1080/50i and 1080/60i output though the FireWire connection. The 1080i footage is not recorded to tape, but when combined with a hard disk recorder such as the DR-HD100 you will be able to capture in 720P or 1080i in native QuickTime or M2T files.

The new feature is not a firmware upgrade. Customers who purchased a GY-HD200 since February 1, 2008 will be eligible for an upgrade. All other owners will have to stick it out with 720P or buy the new camera.

The product name has been updated to GY-HD200UB and is available immediately, and is $5995 with 16:1 Fujinon lens or the body only for $5695.

New Panasonic AG-HPX170 P2 Pro Camcorder »

Panasonic announced another new camera today at NAB 2008, the AG-HPX170 P2. The new camera records exclusively to solid state P2 cards, now available with capacities up to 64GB. The AG-HPX170 can record in up to twenty different formats, 1080i and 720P HD and SD in DVCPRO HD, 480i, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO and 480i in DV, with 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios. It is also capapble of frame rates from 12fps to 60fps for fast or slow motion effects. With two P2 card slots you have the capability to shoot 128 minutes in the highest quality setting (DVCPRO HD) when using two 64GB P2 cards.

The AG-HPX170 is expecting to ship this Fall, and will be covered by a 5 year limited warranty from Panasonic. No word on pricing yet.

Build your own CNC Machine »

Building your own CNC Router can be a fun and exciting project. CNC stands for Computer Numeral Control and is used to cut designs that were created in a computer CAD program.

This article will walk you though all the steps in planning, choosing the parts, building and using your DIY CNC.

Computer aided design, or CAD, has always interested me but up until recently I haven’t needed to manufacture parts requiring CAD, , and finding out how much companies charge to mill parts, I decided I would make my own machine to do the job.

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