Documenting the Super Bowl

Fox will use Ultra HD “4K”, infra red “IR” and thermal imaging to document Super Bowl XLVIII (48). These solutions have already been used separately for the Baseball Wold Series and NASCAR.

Flir Systems Incorporated supplied the thermal imaging for Super Bowl XLVIII

Flir Systems Incorporated supplied the thermal imaging solutions being used at Super Bowl XLVIII

Fifty two camera will be used in total, with stadium goers also benefiting from increased connectivity through Verizon and AT&T. The MeLife Stadium crowd are now a part of the media pipe line – providing live social media coverage and smart device recordings like photographs or video.

Fox Sports Go will make the Super Bowl available through an iOS app.  The NFL and Version have also created a mobile device app. Past coverage includes an interactive Gigapan where people in the crowd can still tag themselves in a real life where’s Wally / Waldo scenario.

    Affordable 3D

    The development of Prime Sense triangulation sensors, along with their distribution via Xbox Kinect, gave consumers an understanding of motion capture and 3D imaging virtually overnight. Since the release of Kinect in 2010, a market has grown around affordable range sensors. For example, MakerBot announced a partnership with SoftKinetic for their next object scanner at the International CES 2014.

    Applications like gesture based control for Smart TVs and 3D scanning via mobile devices even drew the attention of companies like Apple and Google. This was firmly cemented when Apple acquired Prime Sense on November 23rd, 2013.

    Wearable Solutions

    Glasses like MoveEYE or SpaceGlasses from Meta approach the human to 3D condition from a different angle. Instead of tracking movement by treating a person like an object in a scene, each company is using wearable technology that documents an environment by projecting out from the body. The glasses are also equipped with motion sensors in order to use head movement as another form of control.

      Time Lord Or Media Guru

      With the look of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor revealed on the BBC website, it is interesting to note how Dr Who has been transformed through old and new media. The way in which The Doctor was brought to life via a flexible format – and sustained by regeneration when William Hartnell became too ill to play the part – is now Whovian folklore. A lesser known labour of love to An Adventure in Space and Time,  ‘On The Outside It Looked Like An Old Fashioned Police Box’ gave Mark Gatiss the opportunity to examine the Time Lord as a media icon. More specifically, he addressed how Target novels kept dreams of the Tardis alive before VHS, Netflicks or digital download in the 1970s.

      Early concept work for Peter Capaldi as The Doctor (Courtesy BBC)

      Early concept work for Peter Capaldi as The Doctor (Courtesy BBC)

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        The Great Food Scandal

        The author of  WASTE, Tristram Stuart, gave a thought provoking TED talk in 2012 . Food waste is an international problem that can be seen in all aspects of the food cycle – manufacture, selling and consumption. The global food scandal, as Stuart describes it, is that starvation in and between populations is manufactured.  

         

         

        For more on Tristram Stuart visit his website.

          The Nebra Sky Disk

          Discovered by metal detectorists in the Saxony Anhalt region in 1999,  the Nebra Sky Disk has been dated to 1600 BC.  It now resides in the State Museum of Prehistory in Halle, Germany.

          Named after the town near where it was discovered, the Nebra Sky Disk has been linked to the Unetice culture.

          Named after the town near where it was discovered, the Nebra Sky Disk has been linked to the Unetice culture.

          The Nebra Sky Disk is a great example of how to reinvigorate poor regions like Saxony Anhalt – especially at a time when heritage is seen as a grey area in terms of infrastructure and asset management. The Sky Disk Visitor Center near Nebra, for example, would not have come into being if the artefact had not been discovered.

          The design of the Sky Disk Visitor Center was inspired by the face of the disk itself

          The design of the Sky Disk Visitor Center was inspired by the face of the disk itself

          The interior explores all the interpretations of the Sky Disk.

          The interior explores all the interpretations of the Sky Disk.

          Prof. Dr. Harald Meller, Director of the State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt, played a key role in bringing money into the region after the Sky Disk was discovered. Meller was also part of a sting operation after it was placed on the black market.