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.

Comcast adds 4K app; discontinues Xfinity 3D channel

Comcast launches 4K app the same week it kills Xfinity 3D | TechHive.

Comcast’s 4K UltraHD programming comes via an app (exclusively for 4K Samsung TVs) that uses Internet streaming for 4K video content.

The Xfinity 3D channels is discontinued although some 3D “on demand” movies will remain available.

Cinemablend gives Hobbit film a high score for great use of 3D

Cinemablend takes a look at some basic 3D techniques and how 3D has been applied in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” – and gives a very high score to Peter Jackon’s latest Middle Earth epic: To 3D Or Not To 3D: Buy The Right Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Ticket – CINEMABLEND.

Since the film was designed, filmed and CGI’d from the beginning with 3D in mind, its been done very well.

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Flying Magazine notes collateral damage caused by model aircraft bans

Flying Magazine notes that many, many of today’s pilot’s developed their early interest in aviation through the model aircraft hobby. Increasingly draconian government regulations against “drones” threaten the entire model aircraft hobby, which in turn, threatens the future of the general aviation industry.

At this time, the use of recreational model aircraft for personal – and any commercial use – is buried beneath a threatening and oppressive rules regime with the United States.

I have suspended use of my Hubsan X4. I live within 5 miles of an airport and the FAA’s rules are a mishmash of contradictory statements, contradictions with Federal law and outright absurdities.

Using 3D viewing systems to restore binocular vision

Diplopia is one such virtual reality game from San Francisco. The game, which is still in beta testing, is designed to help people with lazy eye amblyopia and crossed eye strabismus. It recently closed a $700,000 seed round, led by SOS Ventures.

While many will tell you that playing video games are bad for your eyes, the founder, James Blaha, fixed his own lazy eye with the game he invented with Manish Gupta.

via Virtual reality game aims to fix double vision.

Basically, the system restores binocular vision so that patients may again see in 3D. Contrast the above story with the (often badly sourced) claims that 3D TV or 3D movies harm vision.