YouTube Now Streams HTML5 Video By Default

Youtube now defaults to HTML5 video player for all browsers:

Here is one more nail in Flash’s coffin: starting today, YouTube defaults to using HTML5 video on all modern browsers, including Chrome, IE 11, Safari 8 and the beta versions of Firefox.

via YouTube Now Streams HTML5 Video By Default | TechCrunch.

Youtube began supporting 3D videos and output devices back in about 2009 using a Flash-based video player. HTML5 does not presently support 3D video output options.  Youtube has made no official announcement as to what will happen with 3D support.

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Another glasses-free 3D technology

Another approach to glasses-free 3D displays using technology to steer imagery directly into each eye, separately:

Can We See 3D Without 3D Glasses? | DNews | TestTube.

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FAA issues “guidance” to have local law enforcement act against “drone” operators

The FAA has issued a statement to local law enforcement on “guidance for suspected unauthorized UAS operations“.

The guidance notes that recreational model aircraft operations are mostly exempt from this directive but that any commercial operation of a radio controlled model aircraft must be done only by a licensed pilot, the aircraft must have an airworthiness certificate, a valid registration N- number and/or an FAA Certificate of Waiver Authorization.

Specifically, local police are encouraged to “stop and talk” to “suspected violators” (which means anyone with a radio controlled airplane) – stepping into a zone of potential intimidation and harassment to thwart the use of radio control model aircraft in the U.S.

The FAA is seeking to have local police enforce Federal rules and regulations through detection and using methods to deter UAS operation, and if necessary, to investigate UAS usage including conducting witness interviews and collecting evidence against operators (which implies that the unspecified methods to “deter” include intimidation and harassment.)

Letter – FAA_UAS-PO_LEA_Guidance.pdf.

As many are aware, small radio controlled model aircraft are a popular platform for shooting aerial photos and videos. Radio controlled model aircraft have been flown by hobbyists for many decades. Even the use of model airplanes for picture taking has been done for a very long time.

Note: The FAA has defined aircraft so broadly as to now include kites, balloons on strings, and some paper airplanes (see page 2).

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Microchip’s 3D Touch Pad input device

Can track multiple finger movements simultaneously in 2D, plus 3D “air gestures” for use as input to computer systems: DM160225 – 3DTouchPad – DM160225 | Microchip Technology Inc..

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4K Ultra HD Blu-ray spec coming, to support 3D also

3D support is included in the upcoming 4K Ultra UHD specification.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Finally Announced at CES 2015 – Consumer Reports.

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Brian May launches stereoscopy web site section

Brian’s Soapbox January 2015.

Brain May collects historic stereo photographs from the Victorian era and has also published a book on the subject.

If you do not recognize his name, he was also the lead guitarist for Queen and wrote a song you might have heard once or twice: We Will Rock You. After all that, he returned to graduate school to complete his doctorate in astrophysics.


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UAS Fund Files FAA Petition for Rulemaking on “Micro” Drones

A hawk stuck in the nosecone of a C-130

A hawk stuck in the nosecone of a C-130 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

UAS America Fund Files FAA Petition for Rulemaking on “Micro” Drones – DRONELIFE.

Main points – they hired expert from Exponent Engineering (formerly Failure  Analysis Associates) who evaluated bird strike – aircraft data and finds small r/c aircraft are a minimal threat to aircraft based on the FAA’s own data. (The US Airways flight that landed in the Hudson River ingested a flock of birds, not a single bird.)

I jog past an airport that is routinely crossed by huge flocks of Canada geese and other large water fowl. There are flights of flocks with hundreds to a thousand or more birds that go across the airport and across the final approach course.

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