Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Elgato Unveils 'Eve' HomeKit Supported Smart Home Sensors, Hub-Less Smart Bulb

Elgato has announced its brand-new line of "Eve" connected home sensors at this year's IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin, featuring full integration with Apple's HomeKit home automation platform once iOS 8 launches.

elgato_eve_line1 Elgato's line of "Eve" smart home sensors
The Eve brand features Bluetooth accessories that monitor air quality, smoke, humidity, air pressure, energy, and water consumption, with all information syncing back to an iOS app. From the app, users can see an overview of the different aspects in their home along with suggestions and tips to better improve the environment.

elgato_avea_2 Elgato's $50 "Avea" smart lightbulb
The company also announced its own $50 Avea smart lightbulb, which allows for custom profiles, colors and alarms through an iOS app. Notably, the Avea does not require a hub like the Philips line of Hue smart bulbs, and can utilize multiple bulbs to coordinate lighting patterns.

elgato_eve_app2 Elgato's iOS app for its line of "Eve" smart home sensors
Elgato's Eve line of products are among the first to publicly support HomeKit, which was first announced at WWDC this past June. The platform allows home automation devices and their apps to work with Apple's first-party services like Siri and stock iOS apps using a single, secure protocol. A report from earlier this year claimed that Apple was developing its own smart home products to work with HomeKit for a release in the near future. Apple may also look to feature HomeKit integration in its highly-rumored iWatch wearable device, which is said to "make good use" of HomeKit.

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Watch a Pilot Snag Cold War Spy Satellite Footage as It Falls From Orbit

Watch a Pilot Snag Cold War Spy Satellite Footage as It Falls From Orbit

The Corona program was the opening salvo in the effort to peer into Soviet-controlled territory from orbit. In order to recover the top-secret physical photographs it took, Air Force pilots took to the sky for what amounted to a claw arcade game, played miles above the Earth. Here's a rare look at it in action.


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Monday, September 1, 2014

When fluid dynamicists get into the ALS ice bucket challenge,...

When fluid dynamicists get into the ALS ice bucket challenge, they give it a good fluidsy twist. Here are some selections, including lots of high speed video and an infrared video. Check out all those liquid sheets breaking up. Links to the full videos are below. (Image credits: Ewoldt Research Group, source videoTAMU NAL, source video; BYU Splash Lab, source videos 1, 2, 3, 4)

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Dynamic Scotland and Other Timelapses

Scotland holds its referendum on independent September 18th. So what better time to show this timelapse of that kilted land. You may want to click over to Vimeo for the high definition version. h/t Likecool

After my recent post of a couple Vancouver timelapses, a reader mailed me a link to another one. If it doesn’t display for you, click over to You Tube.

Here’s a timelapse giving us, shall we say, a more atmospheric look at San Francisco. It’s a timelapse of the fog rolling in and out of the city. If the video doesn’t display, click over to Vimeo. h/t Likecool

Lastly, if you’re into transport timelapses, here’s one taken at Singapore’s Changi Airport. Pretty sweet. If it doesn’t display for you, click here h/t Likecool

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This is the coolest ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video, period.

This is the coolest ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video, period.

Check out famous race and aerobatic pilot Bruce Bohannon taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge inside his plane. He placed the ice water in a little bucket between his seat harness and his shirt, took off, and then did a loop. The only thing cooler than this would be if an astronaut did it in the ISS.* [Updated]


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NASA Approves Construction of the World's Most Powerful Rocket

NASA Approves Construction of the World's Most Powerful Rocket

For all the super-cool and otherworldly space vehicle and satellite concepts that NASA engineers dream up, only a very small percentage of them ever make it off the drawing board and onto the production line. But the next generation Space Launch System is now part of that select few, having completed NASA's rigorous review process and been found worthy of actual development.


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Max Verstappen has already crashed his first F1 car

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Max Verstappen crash

Toro Rosso made headlines a couple of weeks ago when it signed Max Verstappen. Born in 1997, Verstappen is just 16, and will be just 17 when he makes his race debut next season, which will make him the youngest driver ever to compete in a F1 grand prix - by a margin of nearly two years, no less, the previously record held by Jaime Alguersuari, also of Toro Rosso, at 19. You imagine, then, that the team has been eager to showcase its young new talent, especially in his home country of Holland. So when STR set up one of its traveling Formula One road shows in the city of Rotterdam, it put Max behind the wheel. But things didn't go so well.

As you can see from this video, Verstappen lost control of the car - a 2007-spec STR7, if we're not mistaken - and drove it step-nose-first into the barricade in front of the cheering crowd. Not exactly a promising start to his career with the team, but then, Max has the rest of this season (and the winter break) to hone his skills as part of the Red Bull Junior program before his race debut, and he's already won nine races in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship this season.

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I Say “No” to Reclining My Seat

There is not a lot of room in economy to begin with -- reclining makes it worse

There is not a lot of room in economy to begin with, and reclining makes it worse

I am a non-recliner and I am not afraid to admit it.

What does that mean? It means that when I am flying economy (and sometimes in domestic first or a similar product), I just do not recline my seat – by choice.

I get that we are all given the “right” to recline our seats (otherwise, they wouldn’t put the button there, right?), but part of me just feels it is rude – so I don’t do it. I feel guilty every time I try to recline and wonder what I am doing to the passenger behind me. Am I smashing their laptop? Am I going to knock over a drink? Or am I going to make them roll their eyes and sigh?

Am I crazy here, or are there other non-recliners out there?

ANA's economy product on the 787 has the option to slide out your bottom cushion

ANA’s economy product on the 787 has the option to slide out your bottom cushion, as opposed to reclining backwards

Some airlines make the choice easy for you – no one can recline their seats. Allegiant and Spirit are two that have disabled the ability to recline and I can’t blame them. Of course, they are looking to put as many seats into their aircraft as possible, but at least you know you will consistently have low seat pitch than have it change mid-flight.

Other new seats will not recline the back, but they will just push your bottom cushion forward, giving the sense of relaxation. I got to try these seats on one of ANA’s 787s and I have to say I both liked and disliked them.

I wasn’t a fan because it takes away your own legroom, but that is also the reason why I liked them. You are sacrificing your own leg room for your own comfort, instead of that of the person sitting behind you.

I hold less blame for recliners who upgrade to some sort of economy plus product. For many, a passenger is given some additional room, so you aren’t impeding as much on their personal space. You want the ability and space to recline; paying for it makes good sense.

I am bothered less by people reclining during a long international flight. I get having to move your body around to feel comfortable. But as silly as it sounds, I still won’t recline my seat during on international flights. It just doesn’t feel right.

No recline for you! Allegiant doesn't allow reclining

No recline for you! Allegiant doesn’t allow reclining – Photo: David Parker Brown

It just annoys me to no end when I am trying to get work done (maybe I even dropped $20 on inflight Wi-Fi) and the person in front of me reclines and takes away almost all of my ability to work on my laptop. Yes. I know I could pay to upgrade to more space or maybe lose a few inches around my waist, but when seeing that seat come down, I sometimes just want to scream!

Now, I am not one to get super angry if someone does choose to recline their seat. I will respect their decision and never interact with them or kick their seat or anything. I understand that they bought their ticket, which gave them the ability to recline their seat, but I just wish more passengers would be aware of the consequences of the seat recline.

Productivity can be hindered when reclining the seat

Productivity can be hindered when reclining the seat

Recently, a flight from Newark to Denver was diverted because of an argument dealing with seat recline. One passengers used a device called the “Knee Defender”, where you can lock the seat in front of you from reclining. The passenger who had their seat locked wasn’t too happy about the situation, a glass of water was thrown and then the flight crew decided to divert.  It should be noted that this actually occurred in United’s “Economy Plus” section, where those involved had an extra 4-5″ of pitch/legroom.

Now, I am not a fan of reclining seats, but products like the Knee Defender are much more rude. While, according to the FAA, they are legal and it is up to each airline to define their policies on using such devices, it doesn’t mean people should use them. I think I would be pretty upset if someone used that on my seat, even if I wasn’t going to even recline.

I don’t want people to get so upset about reclining seats that they get into fights, but I wonder how many actually think about the person behind them when they choose to recline. I would love to live in a world where no one reclined their seats, but am I in the minority here? How many other of you refuse to recline your seats? Or how many of you recline the second you can and don’t think twice?

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David started AirlineReporter in the summer of 2008, but has had a passion for aviation since he was a kid. Born and raised in the Seattle area (where he is currently based) has surely had an influence and he couldn't imagine living anywhere else in the world.

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