Category Archives: VIDEO

Updates from Adobe

Designed for Speed: Jordon Bourgeault’s Airbrush Artwork
By Charles Purdy – Jordon Bourgeault (the owner and founder of JBo Airbrush) paints on surfaces of all kinds: motorcycles, guitars, shoes, human bodies, and a lot more—surfaces as large as three-story murals and as small as glasses frames. His business is growing fast, and his recent work on Olympian skeleton riders’ helmets has caught the attention of an international audience.

Bourgeault says he drew “all the time” as a kid and teenager, and he took up airbrushing as a hobby when he was introduced to it through a job as an automotive painter. That hobby led him to a job painting sets and props for films and events, then to many side projects, and eventually to opening his own studio about eight years ago.

These days, commissions of all kinds keep him very busy, but he has a special interest in painting hockey goalie masks and helmets for athletes, including skeleton riders. more>


Updates from Boeing

737 MAX efficiency, reliability, passenger appeal
Boeing – The Boeing 737 MAX family brings the latest technology to the most popular jet aircraft of all time, the 737. The 737 MAX is designed to provide passengers with a comfortable flying experience and more direct routes to their favorite destinations.

Airlines are taking advantage of the MAX’s incredible range and flexibility, offering passengers connections to smaller cities around the globe including transatlantic and trans-continental routes.

The unmatched reliability of the MAX means more 737 flights depart on time with fewer delays. And technological advances plus powerful LEAP-1B engines are helping to redefine the future of efficient and environmentally friendly air travel. more>

Updates from Siemens

PLM ALM Integration using Teamcenter Linked Data Framework

By Jatish Mathew – Reports from the field indicate that the power window system in a particular car model has a defect. The anti-pinch feature does not work all the time. Customer service files a high priority incident report.

Representatives from different engineering teams meet and try to find the root cause of the problem.

The problem may be due to hardware failure such as a stuck button, it can be in the embedded software, or it can be a combination of hardware-software. Each team analyzes the problem using their tools and processes but when these teams need to coordinate what do they do?

The biggest worry for engineers, when they work with different teams, is that the practices, processes, and tools they use are diverse. How do they ensure that teams effectively collaborate without losing the processes and systems that work well for them?

In this post, we will explore how hardware (PLM domain) and software (ALM domain) teams work together to solve the power window problem. The automotive company in our example uses Linked Data Framework (Customer Only Access) to integrate and collaborate across domains. It is an integration framework to integrate different enterprise information systems such as Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems and Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) systems.

PLM ALM integration using Linked Data Framework helps with the following business problems:

  • How do you implement a process such as change management across different domains such as PLM and ALM?
  • How do you avoid creating new applications, and avoid user training?
  • How do you enable ALM users to access PLM data without learning PLM concepts or new tools?



Updates from Ciena

Densifying the Network, One Small Cell at a Time

By Wayne Hickey – Mobile network usage is growing at an astounding rate of 42% CAGR, as data rates rise driven by an insatiable customer appetite for video, gaming, social media, and live streaming. With the omnipresence of smartphone technology, advancement towards 5G, and mobile data as the major use cases – MNOs (Mobile Network Operators) struggle to maintain with growing customer demands.

There are three primary ways that MNOs can add capacity to their wireless network:

  1. Buy more spectrum
  2. Make spectrum utilization more efficient by optimizing spectral efficiency
  3. Densify the network, by adding more cell sites, while reusing available spectrum

A mobile network must be designed to physically reach the intended number of subscribers and adapt to the changing capacity needs of those subscribers. To do so, MNOs segment their networks by base station coverage by using macro cells and small cells (ex. micro cells, pico cells, nano cells, femtocells, and even WiFi cells, or hotspots).

Macro cells cover large geographic areas while the various types of small cells cover much smaller and varied geographic areas serving fewer end-users, both indoor and outdoor.

Macro cell sites use high powered radios, generally for large coverage areas. Small cells use much lower power radios, require less space, and increase data capacity by proliferation or densification of the network. Densification of the network means deploying lots of small cells to enable more overall users, lower latency, better mobile device battery life, and expanded coverage. The approach is to basically reuse spectrum over and over again, by keeping the coverage area small, and managing the interference between cells using a variety of techniques. more>

Updates from Chicago Booth

Google and Facebook have an effective duopoly on online advertising. For the average person, why is that a problem? Prices haven’t gone up. Why should we care?
By Luigi Zingales, Tyler Cowen – Most people don’t perceive that as a problem. The perceived price [for using Google or Facebook] is zero. It’s not really zero, because we are giving up our data in exchange. Google and Facebook’s market power in advertising increases the cost of advertising, which eventually will be reflected in the price of goods.

Antitrust in Europe is much more effective. Look at the price of cell phones and cell-phone services. They are a fraction of the price in the US, with better services. The EU is at the front end of enforcement of competition, while the US has become complacent. In the EU, they have a new directive requiring every bank to give customers access to their data at the customer’s request. That transfer creates competition because it reduces the friction and creates more opportunity for new entry. The monopoly that Facebook and Google have of our data, number one, prevents entry, and number two, gives them tremendous power. more>


Updates from Boeing

Boeing: UAV’s. Holograms. Wildfire.
By Jennifer Beloy – While more than 625,000 acres of wildfires burned throughout the Pacific Northwest, crew members of the Insitu Rapid Response team launched a ScanEagle unmanned aircraft into the hazy skies above the Paradise Fire in Washington’sOlympic National Park. Insitu is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company located in Eastern Washington. The event marked the beginning of an operational demonstration designed to show how unmanned aircraft technology can be a powerful partner in the fight against wildfires.

ScanEagle flew six operations, delivering more than 37 hours of infrared video in real time to Incident Command personnel. Motion imagery software provided enhanced video and geo-registration capabilities that enabled fire officials to pinpoint the fire’s perimeter and identify areas of intense heat. The drone also assisted helicopter assets with evaluating water drop locations. more>

Updates from Boeing

Boeing – Demand for the Boeing 737 is at an all-time high, and production for the new 737 MAX is ramping up. See how Boeing’s Renton, WA, team is evolving its manufacturing process to build the 737 MAX. more>

Updates from BOEING

The Unmanned Moving Target

U.S. Air Force – The 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron and Boeing Co. conducted the flight, which is the first step in a two year process to phase out the QF-4 full scale aerial target.

“The QF-4 did a good job for many years, but it’s time to turn the page in the aerial target program. This program will bring us into the 4th generation aircraft,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Inman, the 82nd ATRS commander. “And will provide us with a mission capable, very sustainable aerial target to take us into the next 10 to 20 years.”

The first QF-16 was delivered to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., in November 2012 for operational and developmental testing to ensure their viability for aerial targets. The QF-16 is a supersonic reusable full-scale aerial target modified from an F16 Fighting Falcon. The emergence of U.S. 5th generation fighters such as the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning means American forces need an advanced target, similar to what they would actually find on the battle field. more>

Updates from BOEING

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)

BOEING – The AMRC with Boeing is a partner in the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, backed by the Technology Strategy Board. This allows us to tap into a national network of manufacturing research excellence – if a particular technology falls outside our areas of expertise, we can call on our Catapult partners for the support you need.

We have over 70 member companies which pay an annual fee to access our resources and expertise, and which help determine our research program – membership is open to all. Boeing is our founding partner and continues to play a key role in our continuing development.

We have five core research groups, underpinned by shared research support. Our core research areas are:

Research projects fall into three categories:

  • Generic research carried out on behalf of the AMRC partnership, with results distributed to all partners. Generic projects are agreed by the board of members, and results are shared between all members.
  • Specific research for individual partners. The partner invests directly in the research and has exclusive access to any resulting intellectual property.
  • Innovative projects carried out on behalf of the partnership, with results presented to all partners. These projects are usually funded by EPSRC, the European Framework Programme, or other external body, and may involve collaboration with external research and industrial partners.

The University of Sheffield AMRC group also includes our sister center, the Nuclear AMRC; the new AMRC Training Centre (to open autumn 2013); Castings Technology International (CTI); Namtec, the National Metals Technology Centre; and the AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre. We are supported by the European Regional Development Fund.


Updates from BOEING

CRVS: Total Immersion Flight Training

BOEING – Constant Resolution Visual System (CRVS) – The centerpiece of a complete training suite providing 360° of immersive, low cost and highly effective training.

CRVS is optimized for popular commercial digital cinema formats. A range of low to high-end projectors are available to meet customer cost and performance targets, including options that provide near 20/20 visual acuity. CRVS can easily take advantage of technology improvements without replacing either screens or structure, protecting the initial investment. In addition to a full 360° field of view, CRVS is available in 300° and 180° versions.

The patented principle of Constant Resolution allows each projector to cover a larger portion of the field of vision, requiring fewer projectors to build a fully immersive environment. Fewer projectors equates to lower acquisition, maintenance and operating costs.

CRVS is fully compatible with a wide range of fast jet and rotary-wing cockpits. Its large sidelocated ingress/egress module provides cockpit access without moving the cockpit.

CRVS works with flight hardware Night Vision Goggles (NVG’s),
the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) and with emerging systems, such as the Panoramic Night Vision Goggles (PNVG) and the Night Vision Cueing Device (NVCD).™¦