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Whether you read this just before
Christmas or just into the new year, it is
well worth spending a minute wondering
what 2015 will bring.
There is plenty to contemplate in politics: will
we have a new prime minister in 2015 as the
papers are predicting? Then there is the wonder of
the weather: were the heatwaves of late November
and December a normal occurrence or signs of a
warming globe? And the economy: is it going to go
up, down, or sideways?
From a spatial perspective, however, after a
quick chat around and mulling the subject, I decid-
ed on space as the topic to watch in the new year.
In particular, three aspects of space: small
space, i.e. interiors; big space, the Cosmos and
all that is around us; and the perception of space,
how modern technology has enabled us to first
print, and now scan, in three dimensions.
In the interior space, indoor location technology has made great advances in the
past year, and indoor locate-ability is an oft-discussed topic.
In space proper, the resolution of satellite imaging is now approaching (or may even
has surpassed, technically at least) the sub-25cm scale. In addition, a new armada of
satellites called micro-satellites has been launched: while not as good resolution as
traditional ones, the fleets of micro-satellites are offering hugely expanded coverage at a
fraction of the cost.
And further, Google is now working on a project to enable your smartphone to scan
in 3D. Called Project Tango (www.google.com/atap/projecttango/#project), Google
describes it so:
"As we walk through our daily lives, we use visual cues to navigate and understand
the world around us. We observe the size and shape of objects and rooms, and we learn
their position and layout almost effortlessly over time. This awareness of space and
motion is fundamental to the way we interact with our environment and each other. We
are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that physical
world ends at the boundaries of the screen.
"The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of
space and motion."
2015 is indeed shaping up to be an interesting year. Watch this space.
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