First Accurate Model of ‘Christ the Redeemer’ Mapped by Drone

The Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil is one of the most famous in the world. Since 1931, the statue has stood tall over the Rio de Janeiro skyline, becoming one of the most recognisable landmarks ever. However, while many statues have many accurate replicas and models of themselves, no-one has never been able to sufficiently analyse Christ the Redeemer to make such a model. Its precarious position on top of Corcovado Mountain has made it very difficult to get up close and personal with it.

But now, thanks to drones, we do have the first model. Across 19 10-minute flights, drones made by Canadian company Aeryon accurately mapped every inch of the famous statue. 2,090 individual images were stitched together producing a wireframe mesh of 2.5 million triangles.

The video below shows you the process leading to the finished product. It’s an incredible feat made possible only by drones.

Source: The Verge

The Robots Are Coming For Us… By Ski

After they’ve conquered walking, running and stair climbing (sort of), the robots have one more way to get around once they’ve overrun the human race – by ski.

Researchers from the University of Manitoba in Canada have created Jennifer – the snow-friendly robot. She has mastered cross-country and alpine skiing, with the ability to cross a number of snow types, including firm, wet and fluffy snow. Jennifer can also turn left and right, as well as come to a stop when she’s sliding down a hill at speed.

Despite no longer being able to hide from the robots in what we thought were remote snowy mountains, Jennifer is actually quite a feat of engineering, being certainly much better at skiing than myself.

Source: Gizmodo

Project Flare To Render a World 17 Times Larger Than Skyrim

Bethesda has made a great job and eventually ended up with Skyrim’s huge map, having it be one of the largest ones out there ever found in a game. However, if users thought the Skyrim world was large, then Project Flare’s world capabilities could be deemed to be a gigantic one. Square Enix’s presentation of Project Flare at E3 2014 revealed that the game will have a map approximately 17 times larger than the one found in Skyrim.

For those who are unaware, Project Flare is said to use cloud gaming technology involving supercomputers to help render the gaming world due to the fact that a console or regular PC is not able to handle the immense world. In its presentation at E3 however, a 32 x 32 km forest world was rendered in full detail on a single machine, involving over 600,000 trees, hundreds of packs of creatures, hills, mountains and many other objects.

What really is impressive is the fact that Project Flare was created by only 2 programmers and one artist in just 6 months. Square Enix’s Director of Business, Jacob Navok, said that while other games are emerging gamers in a world full of smoke and mirrors, Project Flare is designed to take gamers into the real meaning of a ‘living world’. Also, Project Flare is said to allow each and every player to be on the same server compared to existing MMOs, where players are divided into multiple servers.

Square Enix also said that they are looking into licensing Project Flare to other developers and partners. The company stated that it wants its technology to be used with other studios in order to create and publish new types of games. In addition to that, Square Enix’s Japanese HQ is looking into using the new technology, having Tetsuji Iwasaki, the one who created the servers architecture for Final Fantasy 11, intrigued by Project Flare.

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Virtually Climb Mount Fuji Using Google Street View

Sightseeing is fun for just about anyone, lots of people can’t afford to go on elaborate vacations. What if you could see the hottest sites without needing to leave the comfort of your own home, or office?

Google’s Maps with Street View have been ever expanding, allowing us to view the streets of our most desired places to visit.

Google has several different cameras that they use to bring us Street View, primarily using the car, other cameras are the trolley, and snowmobile. Today they are using the Trekker, a wearable backpack, a portable camera system that is able to gather images while the wearer travels on foot through harsh terrain and to locations difficult to get to. The Trekker has a total of 15 cameras angled around to give a 360-degree panoramic view. Taking a photo every two and a half seconds.

We learn from Mashable that today Google Japan uploaded a video to their YouTube page showing us that there is now a Street View of Mount Fuji. Mount Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan, which reaches a height of 12,389 feet into the sky.

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Mount Fuji is an active volcano, only accessible by foot making it a perfect candidate for the trekker, the 3,776 meter hike has already been uploaded to Google Map servers and is viewable here.

This street view is not only great to see the scenery but also to be used as a guide if you are planning to climb Mount Fuji anytime soon.

Photo from engadget