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Sky Cam - User Guide

by mercyorangi | 2 days ago | 2 | 198 views | 4

Overview The Sky Cam application user guide is elaborated in 4 sections as seen below. If you do not have the app as yet, please skip to step 1 b...

Overview The Sky Cam application user guide is elaborated in 4 sections as seen below. If you do not have the app as yet, please skip to step 1 b...

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Philadelphia Night Market Balloon Flight

by SeanKMcGinnis | 3 days ago | 0 | 188 views | 2

Last night was the Philadelphia Night Market and we were asked to come down with the Department of Making and Doing. It was difficult to fly the ...

Last night was the Philadelphia Night Market and we were asked to come down with the Department of Making and Doing. It was difficult to fly the ...

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balloon-mapping


Titan 2 IR flight

by cfastie | 11 days ago | 2 | 414 views | 2

I took a new Titan 2 IR rig for a test flight yesterday. I flew the Fled kite over a clearing where in May I had documented skidder trails from a l...

I took a new Titan 2 IR rig for a test flight yesterday. I flew the Fled kite over a clearing where in May I had documented skidder trails from a l...

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MapKnitter Annotations: Interface Refactoring

by justinmanley | 12 days ago | 23 | 282 views | 4

Background I am working to add rich annotation functionality to MapKnitter as part of Google Summer of Code (read about my project here: http://pu...

Background I am working to add rich annotation functionality to MapKnitter as part of Google Summer of Code (read about my project here: http://pu...

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Trash of Bayou St John

by eustatic | 4 days ago | 0 | 95 views | 1

A Space for Everything, but not Everything has a Place During my time with Public Lab, we have been photoing the Restoration of Bayou St John, a s...

A Space for Everything, but not Everything has a Place During my time with Public Lab, we have been photoing the Restoration of Bayou St John, a s...

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Titan 2 IR flight

by cfastie | 11 days ago | 2 | 414 views | 2

I took a new Titan 2 IR rig for a test flight yesterday. I flew the Fled kite over a clearing where in May I had documented skidder trails from a l...

I took a new Titan 2 IR rig for a test flight yesterday. I flew the Fled kite over a clearing where in May I had documented skidder trails from a l...

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Louisiana Master Naturalist Map fo Elmer's Island Spr 2014

by eustatic | 20 days ago | 0 | 214 views | 1

a kite map made of Elmer's Island, a dynamic land feature, as part of the Louisiana master naturalist classes in spring 2014. It was a windy sunny...

a kite map made of Elmer's Island, a dynamic land feature, as part of the Louisiana master naturalist classes in spring 2014. It was a windy sunny...

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KAP Rig for Mobius Action Cam

by code4maine | about 1 month ago | 3 | 536 views | 1

What I want to do I want to design an aerial photography rig specifically for the Mobius Action Cam . The camera's slim design requires a verti...

What I want to do I want to design an aerial photography rig specifically for the Mobius Action Cam . The camera's slim design requires a verti...

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Clips for the next spectrometer

by mathew | about 3 hours ago | 0 | 33 views | 1

What I want to do find and test a clip that works with the bench design @warren and I brainstormed for the next spectrometer design.. My attempt ...

What I want to do find and test a clip that works with the bench design @warren and I brainstormed for the next spectrometer design.. My attempt ...

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Ultra micro cuvette tests, UV LED and low-temperature fluorescence

by warren | 1 day ago | 1 | 70 views | 0

What I want to do Just posting a variety of small tests I've done over the past few days, based a bit on the literature I've been looking through ...

What I want to do Just posting a variety of small tests I've done over the past few days, based a bit on the literature I've been looking through ...

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Continued literature review for the Oil Testing Kit

by warren | 6 days ago | 4 | 177 views | 1

What I want to do I've been reading and annotating a collection of formal research papers on fluorescence spectroscopy -- an in particular, laser ...

What I want to do I've been reading and annotating a collection of formal research papers on fluorescence spectroscopy -- an in particular, laser ...

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Sample container search

by warren | 6 days ago | 10 | 136 views | 0

What I want to do The square glass bottles we've used for fluorescence spectroscopy are sold out, and the nail polish bottles we've used are hard ...

What I want to do The square glass bottles we've used for fluorescence spectroscopy are sold out, and the nail polish bottles we've used are hard ...

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Curriculum for Infragram

by amandaf | about 2 hours ago | 0 | 23 views | 0

What we want to do Create four lesson plans for middle and high school teachers to introduce IR photography, Infragram Sandbox, and environmental ...

What we want to do Create four lesson plans for middle and high school teachers to introduce IR photography, Infragram Sandbox, and environmental ...

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Canon SD4000IS as Infragram

by warren | about 7 hours ago | 9 | 155 views | 1

What I want to do We'd struggled a year ago to get a CMOS-sensor based Canon SD4000IS working as an Infragram modified camera, so when @nedhorning...

What I want to do We'd struggled a year ago to get a CMOS-sensor based Canon SD4000IS working as an Infragram modified camera, so when @nedhorning...

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Single camera NDVI solution

by theowallis | about 9 hours ago | 1 | 49 views | 0

What I want to do I have a Mobius Actioncam from which I have removed the ir blocking filter. I'm aware that a single camera with a blue filter is...

What I want to do I have a Mobius Actioncam from which I have removed the ir blocking filter. I'm aware that a single camera with a blue filter is...

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Titan 2 IR flight

by cfastie | about 21 hours ago | 2 | 183 views | 1

I took a new Titan 2 IR rig for a test flight yesterday. I flew the Fled kite over a clearing where in May I had documented skidder trails from a l...

I took a new Titan 2 IR rig for a test flight yesterday. I flew the Fled kite over a clearing where in May I had documented skidder trails from a l...

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Thermal Fishing Bob Presentation from the NE Barnraising

by Kaya9804 | about 1 month ago | 3 | 695 views | 1

For anyone interested, here is the presentation from the Thermal Fishing Bob demo that I led at the NE Barn-Rasing this past weekend. If you have ...

For anyone interested, here is the presentation from the Thermal Fishing Bob demo that I led at the NE Barn-Rasing this past weekend. If you have ...

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Making Pedagogy: Reflections on Northeastern University Thermal Fishing Bob Workshops

by Sara | 2 months ago | 0 | 934 views | 4

Reflections on Northeastern University Thermal Fishing Bob Workshops A striking example of how scientific data can be beautiful, this “data rich i...

Reflections on Northeastern University Thermal Fishing Bob Workshops A striking example of how scientific data can be beautiful, this “data rich i...

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Successful Thermal Fishing Bob Maps!

by Sara | 3 months ago | 0 | 1,342 views | 1

What I want to do I wanted to work with my undergrad courses at Northeastern this semester to further develop the Thermal Fishing Bob project and ...

What I want to do I wanted to work with my undergrad courses at Northeastern this semester to further develop the Thermal Fishing Bob project and ...

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Open-Lux REV-N: Full Circle

by donblair | 3 months ago | 3 | 1,388 views | 1

(This is a quick note to post materials I've gathered after updating the Open-Lux design -- will flesh out this research note tomorrow ...) Summar...

(This is a quick note to post materials I've gathered after updating the Open-Lux design -- will flesh out this research note tomorrow ...) Summar...

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