Acton Cove House / Bates Masi + Architects

first_imgCopyHouses•Annapolis, United States Projects Engineering:1200 Architectural Engineering City:AnnapolisCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Michael MoranRecommended ProductsWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformText description provided by the architects. An active family with a love of boating wanted a home on Chesapeake Bay, surrounded by the maritime charm of Annapolis harbor. They found a small but spectacular lot with a house on it from the 1970’s. The existing house did not meet the owners’ needs but its bulkheads and docks provided a unique opportunity: the chance to build a home just steps from the water in downtown Annapolis.Save this picture!© Michael MoranAs the previous house was demolished, layer upon layer of old bulkheads and fill revealed how generations of previous owners had expanded the site into the harbor and reinforced it from the elements. This process of layering inspired the solution to the current design challenges – the harsh coastal environment and the privacy issues of being in close proximity to neighbors and active waterways. The new design configures layers of site features and envelope elements to provide privacy and weather protection, while encouraging connections to the outdoors.Save this picture!© Michael MoranSave this picture!Site planSave this picture!© Michael MoranThe outermost layer is the bulkhead itself, on top which sits a boardwalk of 2×8 ipe decking which connects several docks on the property. Stepped weathering steel planters mediate between the boardwalk level and the ground level, which is elevated above the flood plane. Deep overhangs protect the house and provide shade to the decks that surround it. The second floor, also encircled by cantilevered decks and balconies, is wrapped in layers of fixed ipe screens and operable canvas drapes.Save this picture!© Michael MoranRiding in a continuous track along the entire perimeter, the drapes can be configured to provide privacy at the master balcony, a wind block at the outdoor fireplace, or shade for the outdoor dining area. The large expanses of glass are also operable, pocketing into the adjacent walls to merge the indoor and outdoor spaces completely, or providing the option of insect screens. Interior linen drapes and roll shades provide the last layer of operable screening. The multiple layers can be configured for a variety of activities requiring different levels of privacy, and for different weather conditions, extending the time the family spends outdoors. Save this picture!© Michael MoranThe materials of the various layers reflect the character of the working harbor. Weathering steel planters reference sheet pilings. 3×14 reclaimed heart pine siding is reminiscent of heavy timber bulkheads. Oversize silicone bronze screws, left exposed to fasten the siding, are pulled from the ship building industry.Save this picture!© Michael MoranWoven rope and sailcloth details draw on local crafts. These traditional materials, layered with modern insulation, glazing, and building systems create a high-performance structure, contributing to the LEED Certification of the house. In its thoughtful layering of envelope and site elements, the design connects the house and its owners with the best aspects of the environment, while providing shelter from the challenging elements.Save this picture!© Michael MoranProject gallerySee allShow lessBjarke Ingels Reflects on his Waste-Energy Ski Slope Plant in CopenhagenArchitecture NewsArchitecture Guide: 20 Must-See Works by Alvar AaltoArticles Share Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Michael Moran+ 11Curated by Paula Pintos Share Photographs:  Michael Moran Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year:  “COPY” Contractor: Photographs “COPY” Manufacturers: Sky-Frame, Boffi, Dover Windows & Doors, Subzero/Wolf, Waterworks, Burchette & Burchette, Gutierrez Studios 2017 Landscape: CopyAbout this officeBates Masi + ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAnnapolisUnited StatesPublished on June 19, 2019Cite: “Acton Cove House / Bates Masi + Architects” 19 Jun 2019. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Acton Cove House / Bates Masi + ArchitectsSave this projectSaveActon Cove House / Bates Masi + Architects Architects: Bates Masi + Architects Area Area of this architecture project Paul Masi, Aaron Weil Acton Cove House / Bates Masi + Architects Pyramid Builders Lead Architects: Gregg Bleam Landscape Architect ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  5579 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project United States ArchDailylast_img read more

$4.3 Billion Worldwide Smart Kitchen Industry to 2027 – Impact of COVID-19 on the…

first_img DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– The “Smart Kitchen – Global Market Trajectory & Analytics” report has been added to’s offering. The publisher brings years of research experience to the 8th edition of this report. The 116-page report presents concise insights into how the pandemic has impacted production and the buy side for 2020 and 2021. A short-term phased recovery by key geography is also addressed. Global Smart Kitchen Market to Reach $103.9 Billion by 2027 Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Smart Kitchen estimated at US$4.3 Billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$103.9 Billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 57.8% over the analysis period 2020-2027. Smart Refrigerators, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to record a 61.4% CAGR and reach US$63 Billion by the end of the analysis period. After an early analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Smart Cookware & Cooktops segment is readjusted to a revised 58.4% CAGR for the next 7-year period. The U.S. Market is Estimated at $1.3 Billion, While China is Forecast to Grow at 54.7% CAGR The Smart Kitchen market in the U.S. is estimated at US$1.3 Billion in the year 2020. China, the world’s second largest economy, is forecast to reach a projected market size of US$16.1 Billion by the year 2027 trailing a CAGR of 54.7% over the analysis period 2020 to 2027. Among the other noteworthy geographic markets are Japan and Canada, each forecast to grow at 52.2% and 48.6% respectively over the 2020-2027 period. Within Europe, Germany is forecast to grow at approximately 38.2% CAGR. Smart Dishwashers Segment to Record 51.3% CAGR In the global Smart Dishwashers segment, USA, Canada, Japan, China and Europe will drive the 51.3% CAGR estimated for this segment. These regional markets accounting for a combined market size of US$752.6 Million in the year 2020 will reach a projected size of US$13.6 Billion by the close of the analysis period. China will remain among the fastest growing in this cluster of regional markets. Led by countries such as Australia, India, and South Korea, the market in Asia-Pacific is forecast to reach US$12.7 Billion by the year 2027. Competitors identified in this market include, among others:Dacor, Inc.Electrolux ABGE AppliancesHaier GroupLG Electronics Inc.MIRC Electronics Ltd. (Onida)Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.Sectorqube Inc.Whirlpool Corporation Key Topics Covered: I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY & REPORT SCOPE II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1. MARKET OVERVIEWGlobal Competitor Market SharesSmart Kitchen Competitor Market Share Scenario Worldwide (in %): 2019 & 2025Impact of Covid-19 and a Looming Global Recession 2. FOCUS ON SELECT PLAYERS 3. MARKET TRENDS & DRIVERS 4. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE III. MARKET ANALYSIS IV. COMPETITIONTotal Companies Profiled: 46 For more information about this report visit View source version on CONTACT: Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HOME GOODS RETAIL OTHER TECHNOLOGY TECHNOLOGY SPECIALTY SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 09:38 AM/DISC: 02/03/2021 09:38 AM Pinterest Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Local NewsBusiness Facebook Pinterest Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter TAGS  $4.3 Billion Worldwide Smart Kitchen Industry to 2027 – Impact of COVID-19 on the Market – Previous articleFauci warns against Super Bowl parties to avoid virus spreadNext articleGlobal Industrial IoT Gateways Industry (2020 to 2027) – Market Trajectory & Analytics – Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

An American in Paris Will Record a Cast Album

first_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016 An American in Paris Related Shows They got rhythm, and it’ll be captured in the studio. An American in Paris will release a cast album on Masterworks Broadway on June 2. The new musical stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope in their Broadway debuts and will officially open on April 12 at the Palace Theatre.An American in Paris tells the story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. It features music by George and Ira Gershwin with a book by Craig Lucas. The show includes the songs “I Got Rhythm,” “‘S Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay,” “They Can’t Take That Away” and orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “2nd Prelude,” “2nd Rhapsody” and “An American In Paris.” The score has been adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher.In addition to Fairchild and Cope, the Christopher Wheeldon-helmed production features Veanne Cox, Jill Paice, Brandon Uranowitz and Max von Essen.last_img read more

Bombadil: Comeback Kids

first_imgBombadil bassist Daniel Michalak played through the pain until it wasn’t possible anymore. In 2008, the tuneful indie rock quartet from Chapel Hill, N.C., was steadily gaining momentum. The group released a debut album, A Buzz, A Buzz, on Ramseur Records, the independent label owned by longtime Avett Brothers manager, Dolph Ramseur.  A growing cadre of fans was also starting to flock to the band’s energetic live shows, which blended quirky expansive folk with melodic, piano-driven throwback psychedelia.But as Michalak—who suffers from a neural tension condition—gradually lost the use of his hands, it became obvious the band could no longer continue.“We were going full-steam ahead, but it soon became apparent that Daniel was overdoing it,” says Bombadil drummer James Phillips during a recent phone interview. “The pain in his arms got to the point where he was pretty much incapable of doing anything.”The band’s future looked grim. They decided to stop touring indefinitely and members soon moved to various locations across the country. The desire to play together, though, never really waned. Material already recorded came out as 2009’s Tarpits and Canyonlands, and by the next year, after sharing musical ideas consistently via email, the group convened in Phillips’ new home of Portland, Oregon, to record another album—2011’s All That the Rain Promises. Shortly after, the group received an invitation to open for the Avett Brothers.Through rest and physical therapy, Michalak has gotten his condition under control. It’s enabled Bombadil to be on the road consistently since last fall. The prolific studio band, which also includes guitarist Bryan Rahija and Stuart Robinson on piano, is getting ready to release a new album next month. Metrics of Affection was recorded in an old house that the band members now share in Durham, N.C.Lyrically, the effort is surprisingly straightforward and personal for a band who’s always been honest yet at times emotionally cryptic; something Phillips attributes to  “experiencing the disappointment of stopping and getting older.”Michalak unloads some blatant insecurity in “Learning to Let Go” that would almost be cringe-worthy if the song weren’t so catchy. He also laments the frustration of his condition (“Even the best docs and psychiatrists can’t help”) through spoken word, as the British Invasion meets hip-hop in “Isn’t It Funny.”“We all have diverse interests in music,” Phillips adds. “Because Daniel couldn’t use his hands he was looking for different ways to make music. He became inspired both by the attitude of hip-hop and the production strategies—making beats and loops on his laptop without using his hands.”While Bombadil continues to toy with their own sonic boundaries, the group’s foundational dynamics remain intact. With Rahija now off the road pursuing a graduate degree, the band has been reduced to a piano trio and forced to accentuate vocal harmonies—the element that has always been their best first impression.“All of us take singing very seriously and want to be better than we actually are,” Phillips says. “We’re trying to tell stories and share feelings with the music. You have to do that with singing and melody at the forefront.”Bombadil performs at Snug Harbor in Charlotte, N.C., with the Overmountain Men on June 21. The band will also play the Camel in Richmond, Va., on July 26, and an album release show at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, N.C., on July 27.Americanarama Rolls into the SouthAn icon and a pair of roots music innovators are teaming up for one of the most anticipated tours of the summer. Visiting amphitheaters across the country, the Americanarama: A Festival of Music will feature Bob Dylan sharing headlining duties with Wilco and My Morning Jacket. The tour includes this triumvirate of Americana heroes with generational differences but similar tendencies towards evolution. Dylan, the 1960s folk bard of yesteryear, has gone through many musical shifts to get to his current state as a scrappy, blues-rock-based song-and-dance bandleader. Expect to hear a few classics, but know that he leans on his later material, which in current context is a good thing. Wilco and My Morning Jacket first emerged seemingly focused on alt-country revivalism, but with subsequent albums and years on the road, both bands have journeyed far beyond the parameters of twang into various realms of experimental rock. At different points in the tour, the three bands will be joined by either British folk hero Richard Thompson or outlaw country torchbearer Ryan Bingham. Stops in the region include Atlanta (June 29), Nashville (June 30), Columbia, Md. (July 23), and Virginia Beach, Va. (July 24).last_img read more

More Reasons to Doubt Scientific Omniscience

first_img(Visited 446 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 We hear it all the time; 99% of scientists agree. All it takes, though, is one overlooked fact to tumble a consensus.Occasionally we take a look at matters other than creation and evolution, when they are instructive about the scientific process. The scientific consensus on climate change (previously known as “global warming”) is a case in point. Scientists have been so dogmatic about it they have convinced most major world governments to enact draconian measures to counteract it. Climate has changed drastically in the past before humans evolved, they will admit, but they insist that the current climate excursion was caused by people trying to increase their happiness and reduce their suffering. News about global warming often includes denunciations of President Donald Trump for pulling America out of the Paris Climate Accords.We don’t quote climate “denialists” to get into the mud on this issue. We just look at the secular news itself, which is almost uniformly on the side of the climate consensus, and ask questions (see this list for previous entries). We pass over the ridiculous stories about what’s coming with global warming, like this headline on, “Competition between males improves resilience against climate change.” Claims like that nobody could ever know for sure. Instead, we focus on the epistemology of the consensus: how do they know what they claim to know about human culpability for a warming climate? Did the consensus take the following factors into account?These ‘Dirty’ Thunderstorms Fill Sky with As Much Smoke As Volcanic Eruption (Live Science). Big volcanic eruptions, it is well known, can alter the climate. A well-known case was the Mt. Pinatubo eruption that reduced global temperatures for a time by 0.9° F in 1991. This article says that pyrocumulonimbus storms (pyroCb’s), or “dirty thunderstorms” fed by ash from wildfires, can put as much carbon smoke into the atmosphere as a volcano. “While such major volcanic events are sporadic, Peterson said, pyroCb events occur every year,” the article ends. “But scientists have not studied these storms enough to understand their potential impact on the climate.” Since wildfires are common, and have occurred long before man started burning coal or oil, would climate models produce different conclusions if pyroCbs were taken into account?Smoke from a relatively small wildfire.Tiny particles high up in the sky give insight into climate change ( Black carbon (BC) can reflect incoming solar heat back into space, this article says. So can the clouds that form around the particles. Atmospheric particles, or aerosols, are thought to be the second or third most important factor after carbon dioxide. But do scientists understand its contribution? Note the uncertainty in this quote regarding a substantial contributor to climate change (which would seem to lower temperatures rather than raise them).Aerosols, tiny particles that are suspended in the atmosphere, contribute significantly towards climate change. However, despite their consequential role, aerosol interactions aren’t very well understood.The authors say that particles can last for years and influence regions far from cities with their pollution. The concentration of these particles over the Amazon Basin was higher than expected. Does this give anyone confidence in climate models, with their dire predictions of temperature changes a century away, specified in tenths of a degree? Yet those are the models used to scare politicians into taking drastic action.Microbes eat rocks and leave carbon dioxide (Science Magazine). This news item reveals that geologists and climatologists were wrong about silicate rocks acting as a carbon sink to counterbalance the outgassing of volcanoes. Microbes in the silicates can actually “eat” the rocks and release much of that carbon back into the atmosphere as CO2. A study of these rocks in Taiwan showed that “microbes oxidize roughly two-thirds of the petrogenic organic carbon there and that the rate of oxidation increases with the rate of erosion.”How does the Pacific Walker circulation respond to strong tropical volcanism? ( Read this news item to get an idea of how complicated it is to tease out the significance of individual factors that might alter the climate. Severe volcanic eruptions (SVE’s), like the recent one in Bali, Indonesia, “can affect Earth’s climate.” But by how much? Trying to figure that out is complex, because a large eruption, which is unpredictable, can affect air currents in unexpected ways that are not well understood. Obviously humans are not responsible for what volcanoes do. Note, too, that SVEs tend to have a cooling effect. “The cooling effect from the SVEs is able to cool the entire tropics,” the article says, and yet the temperature anomalies that result are not uniform.Anthropogenic combustion iron as a complex climate forcer (Nature Communications). Even though this paper mentions a factor that might exacerbate warming, the key fact is that it was not taken into account before. “Our results demonstrate that anthropogenic combustion iron is a larger and more complex climate forcer than previously thought, and therefore plays a key role in the Earth system,” the authors say. This should lead thoughtful observers to ask what other factors have not been considered, that could be larger or smaller than previously thought?The Politics of Climate ChangeRepublicans more persuasive than scientists on climate change (Science Daily). This article, pretending to be an unbiased analysis of political attitudes about climate change, ends up as a partisan advocacy piece. The authors of a psychological survey at the University of Connecticut seem disturbed that Republicans who argue against anthropogenic climate change are more persuasive than the scientific consensus. But rather than see if Republican counter-arguments have merit, the authors delve into ways to package consensus arguments in more persuasive ways. They assume that Republicans are engaging in misinformation. “Citing Republican elites who endorse the scientific consensus on climate change may be the most effective way to persuade citizens that climate change is a real and important problem,” says Lyle Scruggs, a professor of political science at University of Connecticut. “That may be a step forward in reducing the partisan gap in public opinion on the subject.” Anyone smell partisanship in that comment?In closing, maybe it’s worth asking what the ruckus is about. Mike Wall wrote on, “Life on Venus? Why It’s Not an Absurd Thought.” Venus, we note, is a very warm planet. Astrobiologist David Grinspoon says that the atmosphere a few dozen miles up is pretty benign – if the Venusians can tolerate the sulfuric acid. So why worry? If climate change wipes out human society, some scientists, like the misanthrope Eric Pianka who wants to solve overpopulation of stupid people by releasing atmospheric ebola to kill billions of people indiscriminately, might be happy. Darwin will ensure that the next generation of organisms on earth will be heat-tolerant, acid-tolerant, and will vote Democrat. That’s not an absurd thought at all, now is it? Not for the scientific consensus.Dr Eric Pianka, ardent evolutionist and genocide advocate, by J B Greene. Used by permission.last_img read more

South Africa’s CSIR celebrates 70 years of research

first_img13 October 2015The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is celebrating its 70th birthday this year, and at its annual two day conference, held on 8 and 9 October, the focus was on the impact and breakthroughs the organisation has had over the past seven decades.Besides hosting the conference, the CSIR is also educating the public on its work and achievements via radio, print and television broadcasts.The CSIR is one of the leading science and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. Constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1945 as a science council, the CSIR is committed to supporting innovation in South Africa to improve national competitiveness in the global economy.Advertising campaignPhase two of its advertising campaign started on 12 October, according to Tendani Tsedu, the group’s spokesperson. “This is the first advertising campaign for the CSIR. We wanted to show the public how the work that is being done by the CSIR affects them on a daily basis,” he explained.It falls under the Ideas that Work initiative. In one of the videos, the narrator asks the question: “What if there were people who were quietly working to make your life better, without you even knowing?”Watch one of the advertisements being shown on South African television channels till 10 December:Tsedu said the aim of the advertising was to show the impact of the CSIR’s research on society, industry and other sectors. “Another factor (for the advertising) was to increase the visibility of the CSIR and also to attract young people towards science. We want them to know that science is fun and exciting.”In just one recent innovation, in 2013 CSIR researchers developed the world’s first digital laser. It was regarded as a milestone in laser technology and could spur future laser-related innovations.The team found that laser beams could be digitally controlled from within a laser device. Their findings were published in the prestigious Nature Communications journal, on 2 August 2013.Find out how to make the CSIR your career choice:The conferenceThe CSIR’s 5th conference was attended last week by 1 500 delegates, said Tsedu. Guests included Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, members of the science and technology portfolio committee, research partners such as Eskom, Transnet and the South African National Defence Force, and university students.Speaking on the first day, Ramaphosa said that continuous investment in research and development was critical for South Africa to achieve the goals of its National Development Plan (NDP).“The NDP says that science and technology must be used to address some of the problems in education, health and economic development, and it must facilitate access to information and knowledge,” said Ramaphosa.Watch the deputy president explain why the government will invest in solution- driven technology:Research out of the labAt the conference, CSIR scientists presented their work to the public. About 20 exhibitions covered energy, health, defence, built environment, ICT, natural environment and industry. Tendani Tsedu of CSIR said during their 5th Conference the scientists had an opportunity to present their work to the public. (Image: Supplied)“They had a chance to take the research out of the lab and discuss it in an open forum,” said Tsedu. “The robust debates and engagement with the industry, government departments, businesses and other science councils were inspiring and constructive.“Those who attended (the conference) now have a better idea of what is the CSIR and how can they use science to solve issues that they are facing,” he added.Another highlight was the launch of a commercial product with Nestle South Africa. The CSIR teamed up with the Agriculture Research Council, Nestle and University of Fort Hare to develop Maggi 2 Minute Noodles with morogo, or African spinach. This product, which is already available in supermarkets, is a good example of what can be achieved if private and public companies work together to address issues such as unemployment and poverty.Delegates tweeted about the sessions:@CSIR Dr Busisiwe Vilakazi is the last Health speaker of the #CSIRConference #CSIR70 All speakers have been excellent— Lyndi Jonker (@lyndi_j) October 9, 2015#CSIRConference . Really enjoying hearing about the great research projects CSIR is doing. Makes me a proud South African— Barry Dwolatzky (@BarryDwolatzky) October 8, [email protected] getting ready to demo some of the cool apps entrepreneurs & innovators have built @mlabsa #csirconference— mLab Southern Africa (@mlabsa) October 8, 2015Interesting sessions“The focus was on the research that the CSIR is doing to find a cure for malaria,” Tsedu explained about the health session. The conference also looked at research on food to be used in school feeding schemes, e-health and “many other exciting work in this field”.Prof Lynn Morris, the head of the HIV virology laboratories in the Centre of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, was a speaker. She gave a keynote address titled “Towards an antibody- based HIV vaccine.”Source: South reporterlast_img read more

AgTube: One of the Largest Farms in the World

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Li Sheng Li and Joep Driessen on one of the biggest farms in the world, very well managed by the Chinese. Highlights: They have one feeding space and one resting space per cow. Also, there”s have a stress-free calving line. They are doing a good job within the system they have. Some more details: 20.000 milking cows, 8 rotaries of 80 cows. 1 barn is almost 4 hectares. Within half an hour they have the milk packed and shipped. Top quality milk, low cell count: 150.000. What do you think of this farm? Please share your thoughts! Professor Li Shengli of Sino-Dutch Dairy Development Centre (SDDDC), in which Friesland Campina also has a part.last_img read more

Inside Ford’s Silicon Valley Lab

first_imgThe vibe of Ford’s small outpost in the heart of Palo Alto is straight-up Silicon Valley start-up: empty cubes, diagrams scribbled on wall-sized whiteboards, and a lounge with multiple game stations. (I didn’t see a foosball table.) T.J. Giuli, the guy in charge, sports a ponytail and goatee – and holds a Ph.D. in computer science from nearby Stanford. His first hire, Dave Evans, also a Stanford-trained research engineer, is attired in T-shirt, shorts, flip-flops and shades flipped back on his head. They both espouse an unabashed open-source credo. None of this is surprising until you reflect that Giuli and Evans are not toiling on the next great social media site – but the next iteration of products made of glass and steel by an old-school manufacturing company founded 110 years ago.Giuli, research lab leader at Ford’s Silicon Valley Lab, wants Ford cars to become open-source crowd-enabled modular products. “We don’t judge our success on the ideas we come up with,” said Giuli. “But the ideas from people outside of Ford. If somebody comes up with an idea I never would have thought of, then it’s a success.”In fact, the core mission of Ford’s Palo Alto research lab is to enable innovators – even those with limited resources and technical chops – to see the automobile as a platform for creativity. Giuli points to a disembodied car dashboard and steering wheel, out of place in this office setting.“Let’s say you don’t like these steering wheel buttons. Maybe you could slap in a capacitive touch controller,” he said. “Using this platform, people would, by themselves, be able to design things.” The lab also maintains two vehicles in its parking lot for testing.In the next few months, Ford expects to release the beta version of its car app developer kit. There are already more than 1,000 developers waiting to be notified when it’s ready. At that point, this lab’s work will shift to supporting and growing a community of car hackers. “We’re interested in spurring the creation of an ecosystem,” Giuli said.Trading Grease For CodeFord’s OpenXC API runs on a combination of Arduino and Android platforms – technology chosen to make modding your car as easy as programming a smartphone. The system can potentially access the 1,000 or more data points, generated by sensors on Ford vehicles and served up via the 16-pin onboard diagnostics port (a standard feature of all cars since 1996). The Ford toolkit encourages development of software as well as add-on hardware.Evans, a mechanical engineer with expertise in rapid prototyping and digital manufacturing technology, comes naturally to the automotive industry. His father is Andy Evans, a profession race car driver, who drove for Ferrari in the 1990s in the World Sports Car series. “I have cars in my blood,” said Evans.“When you think back to the days of the 1960s Mustangs, you’d pop open the hood. If you knew what you’re doing, you could change all kinds of mechanical things,” said Evans. “But now, if you open up the hood of your car, what do you see? Plastic. It’s intimidating.” The answer: Ford wants to transform 20th century grease monkeys into 21st century DIY car geeks. Ford first announced its OpenXC platform a year ago at the TechCrunch Disrupt 2011 Hackathon. Since then, the Ford Silicon Valley Lab has vetted its process, sometimes working with partners, by evaluating a number of hacks:Using the rate and duration of windshield wiper activity, cars become roaming weather stations capable of reporting rain and other conditions on a microclimate level.Got an overbearing mother who insists on knowing when you arrive at a destination? With a hack, the car texts, “Oy vay, I’m here already.”Looking at steering wheel angle, accelerator pedal position, speeds, RPM, and GPS location, an app determines that you just completed a fun drive on a twisty road. It does a GPS trace and tweets the deets, including a link to a Google map.An obvious application is traffic detection, which is not such a big deal in U.S. where traffic reports are everyday radio fare, but could be huge in the developing world. If multiple drivers repeatedly slam their brakes on the same stretch of road, traffic planners could learn there’s a safety problem in the road design.From there, who knows what innovation could emerge from an online community of car hackers? Ford’s lab is not currently constrained by a need to commercialize any of the ideas but sees its work instead as research regarding the feasibility of a car-based open source strategy. Giuli will grow the lab’s staff from three employees currently, to about 10 to 15 people in the next three years.Ford might seem forward thinking in establishing such a lab, but Giuli doesn’t see it that way. He believes it’s more a matter of keeping up with where innovative geeks are already going. “Tons of people are already making car apps that work with OBD2 readers, or replacing the center stack with their own car computer. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… That’s happening today, and there’s nothing that anybody can do to stop it,” he said. “So, it’s a good idea for OEMs like Ford to make this really easy. Hopefully, we can benefit customers with a lot of awesome new features.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Internet of Things#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts bradley berman 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Video Tutorial: Hipster Logos and Badges in After Effects

first_img1Create a new composition with a solid black circle. 31Set the rectangle as the alpha matt of “D”. Duplicate and rotate and set it as the alpha matte of “C”. 27Create a new black rectangle over the “B” slot. 7Duplicate the rectangle and rotate to form a cross. Create a new rectangle shape layer. Position it at the bottom of the badge and have it horizontally scale from 0. 4Create a new rectangle in a group. Delete the stroke and add in only a white fill. Scale the rectangle to being 10 pixels wide and 250 px tall. 28Duplicate the black square and position it over the A and B spot. Position both rectangles above A and B. Add an alpha and alpha invert the respective letters “A” and “B”. 6Set the rotation of the rectangle to animate to 45 degrees. 26Set the position of the top and bottom letters to come on as the cross expands. 20Set the ease low parameter to 10. 23Create a new black rectangle to cover the text area. 2Set keyframes for the ellipses to scale from 0 to 400 in half a second. 11Change the polystar to polygon and set the points to 4, creating a diamond. Position the diamond over the smaller rectangle. 14Duplicate the cut off badge group and move it to the other side of the banner. 13Set the scale of the rectangle group to scale up over a half second. 16Create a new text layer and add in your desired text. Make sure it’s a hipster font like Futura! 29Duplicate the black rectangles and set rotation parameters – each an inverse of one another to create an overlapping diamond shape. Delete the stroke and fills, then add a merge paths effect set to intersect. 9Duplicate the rectangle. Scale down and move it to the right side of the badge. 12Add a merge path to the second rectangle group. Set the merge paths to subtract to create a cut off banner. 18Have the text scale from 0 and rotate from 90.center_img 10Create a new polystar. 30Easy ease the rotation keyframes. 21Duplicate your text and scale down. Change the text to cite when your company was established. 15Easy ease all the keyframes to create a mountainous hump. 19Set the grouping alignment to 50. Have any suggestions for animating logos and badges in After Effects? Share in the comments below. 5Set keyframes for the rectangle to scale from 0. 32You can composite the composition by setting the composition’s transfer mode to screen. 8Add a feathered black shape using the pen tool in the background of the Matte Layer to enhance the depth of field. 22Create a small rectangle for the hyphen. Have it scale horizontally from 0. 25Move each letter to the gaps in the crosses. In this exclusive After Effects tutorial we show you a quick technique for creating an animated hipster badge in Adobe After Effects.You don’t have to have thick rim glasses to appreciate this After Effects tutorial! The animated hipster badges we’ll create are super trendy…and can really ‘pop’ to your video projects.Creating a hipster badge/logo is pretty straightforward. The video covers:Using shape layers in groupsUsing the graph editorUsing the merge paths parameter in shape layersEven if you don’t have a need for a ‘hipster badge’, the technique in this tutorial will work for a variety of logo and icon animations.Don’t want to watch the video? Follow along with the step-by-step tutorial below. Click any image for larger view.  3Duplicate the ellipses and set the max scale to 450 instead of 400. Add an easy ease keyframe and and smooth out the last keyframe. Offset the larger ellipses by a couple keyframes. 17Animate the scale of the text using the animate parameters…add rotation too. 33Use an adjustment layer with a fast blur to blur out the background. 34Blur the badge by 1 pixel, duplicate and blur again by 2 pixels. Set the opacity of both to 75. 24Add 4 letters to the middle of the “cross”.last_img read more

A Bias for Action and Locus of Control

first_imgThe organizational development class I was taking at Harvard Business School included a group project. The project was based on a scenario in which all the members of the group were in a hypothetical plane crash in what the script called “the Canadian swamplands.”The exercise required each member of the group to look at a list of resources available and put them in order based on their importance to survival. The list included things like the tires from the plane’s landing gear, pills that would purify water, matches, the fuel from the aircraft, and about 15 other items.Each member of the group was to share their ranking with their team and make one single decision: Do you stay put and wait for help, or do you attempt to cross the 50 miles of “Canadian swamplands,” and make it to the nearest town.As we ranked the items, we learned from each other. I ranked the pills that would purify water as my number one resource. One of the members of my group, however, was a doctor, and he insisted that in the Canadian area where we were stranded, the water was cleaner than almost any water found on earth. He said to throw the pills away. We all went through the exercise of discussing each item and re-ranking them based on the knowledge of the entire group. We were smarter together than we were alone. (Out of 125 or so people, no one had a worse first ranking of these items than me, and no one had a greater improvement after re-ranking them with their peers).That learning outcome by itself would’ve been enough, but we still had to answer the question as to whether or not to stay put or attempt to cross 50 miles of harsh terrain. Of the 10 or so people in the group, only one of us suggested that we cross the 50 miles together. That one person was me. I have a strong bias for action.At the time I was taking this class, I was routinely riding a bicycle 100 miles every Saturday and another 75 or more miles every Sunday, in addition to what I rode throughout the week. Fifty miles is a long way to walk, and over tough terrain, it would be even worse. I believed it could be done, and argued that the tires from the airplane and the rope we had recovered from the plane crash would allow us to cross the water safely. But my peers argued vociferously against my plan. They won the argument, but I negotiated that we would wait three days, and then we would walk together to the closest town.The Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer who showed up on a videotape to describe our situation and what the right choices were suggested that we would have likely been lost and died had we tried to cross the 50 miles. He said it was better and more likely that we would have been found had we simply waited to be rescued. Honestly, I am not very good at waiting. Riding 100+ miles dressed in lycra with only water and a few energy bars would have given me the confidence to give it a go and start walking, even though I liked the idea of catching the tires on fire to generate enough smoke to allow rescuers to locate my team.As I am reading Charles Duhigg’s new book, Smarter, Faster, Better, I am reminded that a “bias for action” and a “locus of control,” (believing that you have a choice and can complete some arduous task) is the foundation of motivation. When we win deals, we talk about what we did to win, as if it was all our volition. When we lose deals, we pretend that certain factors beyond our control caused our loss, that we were powerless. The problem with believing that forces beyond your control are what causes your losses is disempowering. It means that you have no control, that you have to sit passively while the world acts on you.The time to take the actions that ensure you win deals-or greatly improve your chances—is now. The time to deal without whatever obstacle you believe will cause you to lose is before you have lost. No one is coming to rescue you and your deal. You are going to have to save yourself. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more