Monday, October 31, 2011

Cordon multi-target photo-radar system leaves no car untagged (video)

maybe this will help with the social responsibility aspect of operating a car!


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via Engadget by Amar Toor on 10/31/11

Go easy on the gas, Speed Racer, because Cordon is on its way. Developed by Simicon, this new speed sensor promises to take highway surveillance to new heights of precision. Unlike most photo radar systems, which track only one violator at a time, Simicon's device can simultaneously identify and follow up to 32 vehicles across four lanes. Whenever a car enters its range, the Cordon will automatically generate two images: one from wide-angle view and one closeup shot of the vehicle's license plate. It's also capable of instantly measuring a car's speed and mapping its position, and can easily be synced with other databases via WiFi, 3G or WiMAX. Plus, this device is compact and durable enough to be mounted upon a tripod or atop a road sign, making it even harder for drivers to spot. Fortunately, though, you still have time to change your dragster ways, as distributor Peak Gain Systems won't be bringing the Cordon to North America until the first quarter of 2012. Cruise past the break to see some footage of a field trial that's currently underway -- cars tagged with a green dot are traveling below the speed limit, those with a yellow marking are chugging along within an acceptable range above the limit, while vehicles with a red tab are just asking for trouble.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Bike Ride from Near Southside to Downtown – Video

This is where i ride allot. Notice how the cars behave, and the cars parked in the bike lane. Great video Kevin!


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via Fort Worthology by Kevin Buchanan on 9/19/11

Fort Worth Bicycle Ride – Near Southside to Downtown from Kevin Buchanan on Vimeo.

I took the camera out this weekend, mounted it to the front of my bicycle, and shot some video of a ride from the Near Southside to Downtown via Magnolia, South Main, Vickery, Jennings, Throckmorton, 3rd, and Houston. Here's the result, compressed into 2 1/2 minutes and accompanied by music from Britt Robisheaux.

A few notes:

  1. There's a couple of gaps due to a recording length limitation + having to re-set the video rig. Didn't perform too bad for its first time out, though.

  2. The city really needs to re-pave a lot of roads in the Near Southside. The jittery jumpiness is usually because a lot of these roads resemble the surface of the Moon. There are potholes and cracks in some of the bike lanes bigger than, well, a bike.

  3. Fort Worthians aren't yet totally good about not parking in the bike lane, as seen in a couple of places in the video (particularly bad by St. Mary on Magnolia just east of Hemphill, despite the presence of several "no parking" signs and, uh, a police station across the street).

Anyway, here it is. Thought it might be fun to put this up to go along with bike ride videos from other cities.

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No Handed Bike Moves (re-posted from Urban Velo)

This video made me smile!


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